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Prepare a 5-page document that is typed, double-spaced, and grammatically correct in Times New Roman with Font size set at 12 point with margins of 1 inch. Be sure to follow APA (6th ed.) format, including: appropriate cover page header, title, author(s) , in text citation, and reference Page, course information. References cited page must be in APA format.

Read the following excerpt before responding to the questions that follow afterwards.

Brunt Hotels, PLC, owns more than 60 hotels throughout the United Kingdom. They recently acquired a small hotel chain headquartered in France. Brunt’s chief executive decided that half of the new hotels in France would be retained and rebranded as part of the Brunt Hotels Group; the other half will be sold. This will support Brunt’s strategic objective of growing the organization slowly to make sure that new ventures are well supported and opened on time and on budget. Brunt’s hotels are considered budget accommodations; they are functional, clean and reasonably priced.

Most guests stay for one to three nights and are a combination of business and leisure travellers. The hotels are typically situated in downtown locations that are easily accessible by mass transit. Tourists are attracted to these hotels in popular visitor destinations where the many local attractions mean that they will not be spending much time in their hotel rooms.

The organization has decided to use an ethnocentric approach and send some of their existing UK-based managers to France to lead the changeover of the new hotels and then manage them after they re-open. If this new overseas venture is successful, Brunt may decide to acquire other small hotel groups in other European countries. The organization would like to own 150 hotels in the next five years. Their 10-year plan is to own 300 hotels across Europe. This is an ambitious target; so it is important that the organization finds an effective formula to operate successfully in other countries.

The organization has never owned any hotels outside the UK before, and has hired a team of independent management consultants to advise them on how to proceed. They provided the consultants the following information during their initial meeting:

Spring 2020

March 10, 2020

Dr. Barbara Flemming

 A majority of their existing managers said they would like a chance to work abroad.

 None of their existing managers speak French fluently.

 They will allow four weeks to rebrand the hotels. The new hotels must be ready to

open after that time.

 They expect to recruit a large number of staff for the new French hotels, because

more than 70 percent of the employees from the acquired organization left.

 They will require their managers to be flexible and move between countries if any

problems arise.

The management team liked your recruitment advertisement, but realized that they did not consider the salary for these new positions! Since the organization has never hired managers to work outside the UK before, they do not know how to start determining the compensation. They provide you with the following information that they found on the Internet:

 Existing salary for managers is £30,000 (45,000 Euros) plus bonuses.

 Surveys show that the average salary for hotel managers in France is 60,000 Euros

with no opportunity to earn bonuses.

The directors want to have a consistent approach as to how they compensate expatriates because they expect their overseas business to expand in the future. They also want existing employees to be enticed into working abroad and want to have a good range of incentives.

The management eventually approves the advertisement and the compensation package and distributes both internally. Interested candidates are asked to write a letter to the CEO to explain why they think they are the best person for the job. Thirty managers apply for one of the new positions (there are 10 positions available), which means there will be 20 unsuccessful candidates still working for the organization.

The management team acknowledges that the application letters were not helpful with making decisions and that they need a more robust selection process. There must be a strong sense of fairness in the selection process because they do not want to de-motivate any of these existing employees. They want to select the right candidates because it is essential that the new hotels are successful and up and running quickly and efficiently. The senior managers know all of the candidates quite well (personally and professionally). They would like you, as independent consultants, to design an appropriate selection methodology.

The management team advises you that they do not want to take into account the marital or family situation of the expatriate candidates; they are concerned that this may fall afoul of UK equal opportunities legislation.

The management hires six candidates to work overseas because they did not feel that the other candidates were qualified. They feel confident that these six can successfully open the new hotels. The success of these managers is vital to the success of setting up the new business, so management wants to ensure they provide effective support for them in terms of training and development. They believe that the best option is to divide training into two parts: Pre-

departure training and on-the-job training in the new country. Since the organization has never sent employees abroad before, they are not sure about what should be included in these training programs.

The only mandatory area that must be included is an introductory language section (including basic business French) so that the managers have a basic grasp of the French language by the time they open the new hotels. However, they hope that the managers will enjoy their introductory language course and will continue to attend more advanced language classes when the new hotels are open.

The management team decides to select only one of the three proposed training programs, confident that it will be useful and informative for the new expatriates. However, they would also like to provide external support for the new expatriates to make their transition to a new country as smooth as possible. They are aware of some of the services that can be offered to support employees on both a personal and professional level, but do not have a comprehensive overview.


Brunt Hotels, PLC decide to set-up a new hotel in the United States Virgin Islands.

What processes would be involved in the initial set-up of the new hotel?

What should be accomplished to prepare for the new hotel?

Devise a plan for this organization in terms of innovative and exemplary customer service.

What human resource initiatives could be undertaken to achieve maximum organizational performance at the new hotel?

Design an appropriate selection activity which could be used for potential expatriate staff.

Provide an outline of a cross-cultural training program for new expatriate staff. Design a poster which could be used to attract existing staff to apply for expatriate positions. Highlight the advantages of being an expatriate (not just the salary).

Create a checklist that could be used to ensure that expatriates receive the relevant information about the new country in which they are going to work. Also, create a pamphlet (maximum of two pages) that could be provided to the spouse/partners of the expatriates who are going to move to a new country.

Decide the best method of performance management for expatriate staff. Provide as many details as possible.

What skills have you developed and what knowledge have you acquired as a result of this assignment?

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