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January 20181.Background ‘Streuvels Chemicals’ is struggling to streamline and standardize their large expatriateworkforce management program. The HR department is facing larger numbers ofspecial exemptions of program policy and large cost overruns.Anton Danois is a former plant manager and was put in charge of the Expat programto standardize and streamline process. However, he is finding that managing expatsand their families on assignment is extremely difficult, and he begins to question thenecessity of the program as a whole.Ana Lobato is a high potential, she has completed her project ahead of time, she islevelheaded, and she offers alternatives to her continued tenure in Belgium. Herspouse is extremely unhappy and it is forcing her to evaluate the benefit of continuingher expat assignment.The company needs Ana’s expertise atheadquarters at a crucial time, and Ana knows that employees withglobal experience are the ones who will have the qualifcations toadvance their careers. The case focuses on the success or failure for international assignees and their familyfor the company. An unhappyspouse or partner is a serious problem for both anexpatriate and her company, hurting her productivity and potentially undermining thevalue of her international assignment. And it’s easy for a spouse to feel disheartened,even if all other aspects of the family’s living situation are working: the finances, thehousing, the children’s schooling. That’s because the partner and family are usually