Silvia Akter(1*), Shamsul Huq Bin Shahriar(2), Md. Abdul Momen(3), Nayeema Sultana(4)

(1) Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration, East West University, Jahurul Islam City Gate, A/2 Jahurul Islam Ave, Dhaka, Bangladesh
(2) Senior Executive, Human Resource and Administration, American & Efird Bangladesh Ltd.
(3) Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration, East West University, Jahurul Islam City Gate, A/2 Jahurul Islam Ave, Dhaka, Bangladesh
(4) Senior Lecturer, Department of Business Administration, East West University, Jahurul Islam City Gate, A/2 Jahurul Islam Ave, Dhaka, Bangladesh
(*) Corresponding Author


Introduction and Main Objective: This study attempted to explain the anxieties from the insights of expatriates and their views related to international assignments in Bangladesh after the Holey Artisan attack in 2016, this study also discusses the immediate and current status of expatriation in Bangladesh. Background Problems: The host countries’ environment plays an important role in accomplishing any overseas assignment. Bangladesh with its ethnicity of warm hospitality has always been an ideal place for expatriates from both novel and similar cultures and environments. Conversely, the recent incidents of terror attacks, notably the major attack at ‘Holey Artisan Bakery’ in 2016 have changed many calculations. Research Method: This qualitative research is a combination of narrative situational analysis and longitudinal study. Primary data was collected through interviews. Findings/Results: Research findings revealed some aftermaths of the attack related to the actions taken by the authority of the state. And how this incident hampered the assignments and work-life balance of the expatriates. Novelty: This particular study contributes to the existing literature of international human resource management with the tools and technics of effective crisis management from the real-life experiences of the expatriates. Conclusion: This study suggests that this is high time for organizations to work on their people and culture management strategies to increase interfaith, intercultural, and multiracial harmony. 


Expatriates, Bangladesh, Terror attack, ‘Holey Artisan Bakery’, Qualitative approach

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