Polycentric Staffing Law and Legal Definition

Polycentric staffing is an international staffing method in which multinational corporations treat each subsidiary as a separate national entity with some individual decision-making authority and hire host-country nationals as managers. This approach can minimize the dangers of cultural myopia, but it can create a gap between home and host-country operations.

The practice of polycentric staffing believes that the managers, being familiar with the culture, have the ability to "translate" foreign guided programs to be more compatible with the culture of their employees. A polycentric staffing policy is best suited to a multidomestic strategy.