What makes them move abroad? Reviewing and exploring differences between self-initiated an assigned expatriation

Professorship/Faculty: Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour  
Authors: Andresen, Maike ; Biemann, Torsten; Pattie, Marshall Wilson
Title of the Journal: The International Journal of Human Resource Management
ISSN: 1466-4399
Publisher Information: London : Routledge
Year of publication: 2012
Issue: iFirst ; Version of record first published: 29 Mar 2012
Pages / Size: 1-16
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2012.669780
Document Type: Article
Only in recent years have self-initiated expatriates (SIEs) been distinguished from assigned expatriates (AEs). But there is still a lack of empirically based comparative results. Statistical analysis, performed on data from 193 expatriates (N AE = 67; N SIE = 126), indicates that self-initiated foreign work experience is significantly more likely to be chosen by women and those having lower job levels. Furthermore, boundaryless and protean career orientation only partially predicted which career path is chosen. SIEs have higher organizational mobility preferences, but do not differ from AEs in their boundaryless mindset and protean career attitude. Implications of these findings for research in expatriation are discussed.
SWD Keywords: Auslandstätigkeit ; Arbeitsmobilität ; Eigeninitiative
RVK Classification: QP 305   QV 230   
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/489
Release Date: 28. September 2012
Project: Individuelle, soziale und strukturelle Einflussfaktoren auf die internationale Mobilität(sbereitschaft) von Arbeitskräften
Selbst-initiiert Auslandstätige: Karriereerwartungen, -pfade, -erfolge, Beschäftigungsfähigkeit