Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2009 (Revised February 2011)

Solvay Group: International Mobility and Managing Expatriates

by Boris Groysberg, Nitin Nohria and Kerry Herman


Marcel Lorent, head of International Mobility at Brussels-based Solvay Group, faces decisions on the expatriation status of four of his firm's talented executives. Each decision will impact the candidate's professional and personal life and will have implications for effective management and growth in Solvay's global markets. The case explores these issues, with a close look at Solvay's attempts to develop talent management and mobility processes that allow the firm to align its strategic needs with the complexities of its individual employees' needs and lives.

Keywords: Leadership Development; Globalized Firms and Management; Work-Life Balance; Talent and Talent Management; Residency; Employees; Brussels;


Groysberg, Boris, Nitin Nohria, and Kerry Herman. "Solvay Group: International Mobility and Managing Expatriates." Harvard Business School Case 409-079, January 2009. (Revised February 2011.)