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This paper has examined the research literature on secondments, particularly as it is able to inform effective re-entry of the secondee to the home organisation at the conclusion of the placement. The research literature is somewhat limited and is, in the main, based on qualitative data of the secondment
experience. Nevertheless, the paper has contended that effective re-entry is dependent on experiences prior to, during and following the secondment. In this context, the secondment process has been conceptualised as a series of stages and the respective experiences and roles of the secondee, the home
organisation and the host organisation have been identified. A series of recommendations based on the research has been included to guide effective re-entry of the secondee.


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29 March 2018