Adjustment in international work contexts: Insights from self-initiated expatriates in academia

Faculty/Professorship: Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour  
Author(s): Agha-Alikhani, Barbara
Title of the Journal: Thunderbird international business review
ISSN: 1096-4762
Publisher Information: New York : Wiley
Year of publication: 2017
Issue: 60 (2018), 6
Pages: 837-849
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1002/tie.21928
This article uses an international sample of self‐initiated academics (SIAs) in a Danish business school to explore the stance of SIAs in international work contexts towards adjustment. Building on longitudinal data this contextualized case study gives insights into the specific case of SIAs' perception and perceived relevance of adjustment processes. We present the findings regarding definitions, domains and relevance of adjustment, the temporality and subjectivity of adjustment and the specificities of adjustment in the academic context. The findings show that adjustment was relevant to all of the respondents but with a clear focus on the work domain. Furthermore, we found that subjective adjustment pressure increased over time and that the decision to go abroad was clearly related to the necessities of the occupational context. Based on the qualitative findings, a set of propositions for future research is developed that can be investigated in future studies in order to enhance the understanding of adjustment in today's diverse global mobility contexts.
Type: Article
Year of publication: 23. November 2018
Project: Individuelle, soziale und strukturelle Einflussfaktoren auf die internationale Mobilität(sbereitschaft) von Arbeitskräften