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ItemCanada-Asia energy technology and services forum : findings report(2014) Roberts, Michael J. D.; Kincaide, Heather; Muralidharan, Etayankara; Sadler, MargaretIn order to address some of the challenges that Canadian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the energy technology and services sector face in accessing opportunities in Asia, MacEwan University School of Business, in association with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), hosted the Canada–Asia Energy Technology and Services Forum on April 29, 2014. Held at the City Centre Campus of MacEwan University, Edmonton, the forum brought together Canada and Asia-based energy leaders from industry, government, and academia for a discussion on how small and medium sized Canadian companies can develop Asian markets for their energy technology and services, and manage the risks associated with entering and operating in Asian markets. The forum focused on India and China as markets for energy technology and services, but also included broader discussion of opportunities in other Asian markets. ItemExamining antecedents of repatriates’ job engagement and its influence on turnover intention(2022) Cave, Adam H.; Roberts, Michael J. D.; Muralidharan, EtayankaraRepatriate turnover is a key challenge for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs). While MNEs expect to retain returning employees (i.e., repatriates) and to benefit from new knowledge and experience they bring back from international assignments, a number of studies identify high rates of repatriate turnover intentions. This paper draws insights from social exchange theory and psychological contracts. By using survey data from 221 repatriates from the U.S., the paper presents an empirical study of the antecedents of repatriate turnover. Our findings demonstrate that repatriate perceptions of recognition of foreign experience, involvement, team orientation, and application of knowledge, had a significant impact on turnover intention and this impact was felt through repatriate job engagement i.e., repatriate job engagement significantly mediated the influence of recognition of foreign experience, involvement, team orientation, and application of knowledge on turnover intention. While the study findings contribute to the theoretical underpinnings of the antecedents of repatriate turnover it also informs how MNEs can apply new strategies and initiatives that heighten repatriate retention rates and prevent knowledge slippage and the loss of highly valued people soon after they return from international assignments. ItemInternationalization of service SMEs: perspectives from Canadian SMEs internationalizing in Asia(2020) Roberts, Michael J. D.; Muralidharan, EtayankaraThis study investigates how service small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) overcome challenges of internationalizing when expanding to markets that are both institutionally and geographically distant. The data is qualitative and collected through a forum on the internationalization of service SMEs. We examine high tech service SMEs from Alberta, Canada where most internationalization has occurred within North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). We develop an understanding of how these firms need to consider the unique environments in institutionally distant economies to successfully enter Asian markets. Using industry and country experts, we develop a 4P (Potential, Proposition, Presence and Policy) framework for service SME strategies to expand to China, India and Korea. The article contributes to the sparse literature on the internationalization of service SMEs into institutionally distant markets.