Announcing the winners of the Expatica 2009/2010 Top 5 HR Industry Survey Awards

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Reviewers were impressed with the Permits Foundation Survey's value and relevance to the HR industry.

The top five surveys of the Expatica 2009/2010 Expatica Top 5 Industry Survey Awards, which recognise excellence in HR surveys which demonstrate continuing relevance to the HR profession, cutting edge findings, and rigorous survey methodologies, are as follows:

1.    Permits Foundation: International Survey of Expatriate Spouses and Partners
2.    Interchange Institute: At Home Abroad Final Report
3.    Brookfield GRS: 2010 Global Relocation Trends
4.    Mercer: International Assignment Survey 2009/2010
5.    Brookfield GRS: 2010 Intl Employee Mobility in the New Decade Spotlight

The top ranking survey by the “Permits Foundation Survey” scored highly as a unique and cutting edge study.

"A very useful exploration of the issues pertinent to spouse and partners, given their essential role in the assignment decision process and subsequent assignment experience," says Dr Noeleen Doherty, Senior Research Fellow, Cranfield University, School of Management (UK) who is part of the reviewing panel.

"This piece of work highlights the very real need to provide support for spouse and partners and in particular not to ignore their career concerns but to proactively support them," says Doherty.

The Expatica 2009/2010 Expatica Top 5 Industry Survey Awards recognise excellence across the entire HR spectrum including, but not limited to, international HRM, international management, compensation, policy and practices, technology, training, measurement, and talent management.

Selection process
Expatica applies a two-tier selection and judging process which requires entrants to meet a set of essential and desirable judging criteria in each award category. The criteria are as follows:

•    Findings:  Does the survey contribute new findings on a topic of interest to HR professionals? Is the survey based on a current ‘hot topic’ in HR? Are the survey findings novel or unique, cutting edge, and/or representative of findings that are under-researched or undeveloped? 

•    Methodology:  Does the survey use a rigorous methodology? Is the sample large enough to be representative of the general population? Is the method of data collection appropriate for the topic being investigated?  Is the sample appropriate for the topic being investigated?  Is methodological information easy to find and clearly articulated?

•    Readability:  Is the survey easy to read and digest? Does the design and layout lend itself to a ‘quick read’ or for use as a reference guide? Are page numbers, table of contents, and indexes available and accurate?

•    Quality of the data: Does the survey provide data that is of value to HR professionals? Can qualitative data be verified with quantitative evidence? Does it satisfy the ‘so-what?’ question in terms of investigating a topic of relevance to the profession? 

•    Willingness to have data scrutinised:  Is the submitting organisation willing to answer questions from the judging panel regarding verification of the survey data?

Panel of judges
Barbara Parry, Expatriate Consulting, Noeleen Doherty, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, United Kingdom. Stefan Mol, Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Yvonne McNulty, Department of Management, Monash University, Australia.  Natasha Gunn, Editor Expatica HR and Editor-in-Chief

The submitted surveys were published between June 2009 and 30 June 2010.

Any surveys published after this date up until June 2011, will be eligible for our 2010/2011 awards. We’ll be sending out a call for submissions in the first quarter of 2011.

Expatica HR will shortly feature the highlights of each of the top five surveys.

If you would like to know more about this topic, please visit Expatica HR at or contact Natasha Gunn.

Erin Russell Thiessen / Expatica

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