Typologies of internationally mobile employees

Faculty/Professorship: Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour  
Author(s): Andresen, Maike  ; Dickmann, Michael; Suutari, Vesa
Title of the compilation: The Management of Global Careers : Exploring the Rise of International Work
Editors: Dickmann, Michael; Suutari, Vesa; Wurtz, Olivier
Publisher Information: Cham : Springer International Publishing - Palgrave Macmillan
Year of publication: 2018
Pages: 33-62
ISBN: 978-3-319-76528-0
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76529-7_2
When counting the number of internationally mobile employees (IMEs) and analyzing the consequences of international mobility in order to improve the management of different kinds of IMEs, who counts as an expatriate (and its variants) is of crucial importance. Yet there is no consensus on a single definition of, for example, a “selfinitiated expatriate” or a “migrant” (Anderson and Blinder 2015). Tharenou (2015), in a comparative review of the literatures on assigned expatriates (AEs), self-initiated expatriates (SIEs) and skilled immigrants, recently warned not to combine these conceptually distinct groups of globally mobile individuals, as doing so contaminates the results, posing a threat to the validity of our findings. In pursuit of exactness, preciseness and completeness, we find many authors who seek to define (new) types of IMEs based on an increasing number of criteria. We want to question the added value of doing so and formulate a plea for a sound theory of expatriation types.
Type: Contribution to an Articlecollection
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/44688
Year of publication: 13. November 2018
Project: Individuelle, soziale und strukturelle Einflussfaktoren auf die internationale Mobilität(sbereitschaft) von Arbeitskräften
Selbst-initiiert Auslandstätige: Karriereerwartungen, -pfade, -erfolge, Beschäftigungsfähigkeit
Global mobility of employees