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Theorizing the meaning(s) of ‘expatriate’: establishing boundary conditions for business expatriates

Theorizing the meaning(s) of ‘expatriate’: establishing boundary conditions for business expatriates AbstractThis paper examines the concept of expatriates, arguing that sloppy use of the term in the past has led to problems of inconsistent research, incompatible findings and a lack of clarity in the field. The increasing interest over the last dozen years or so in other forms of international experience, often equally poorly conceptualized, has compounded the problem. We argue for the need for greater construct clarity in studies of expatriates and, by extension, of other forms of international experience. Specifically, we attempt to clarify to whom does the term ‘expatriate’, and specifically ‘business expatriate’, apply and the boundary conditions under which expatriate employment is enacted. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Human Resource Management Taylor & Francis

Theorizing the meaning(s) of ‘expatriate’: establishing boundary conditions for business expatriates

Theorizing the meaning(s) of ‘expatriate’: establishing boundary conditions for business expatriates

International Journal of Human Resource Management , Volume 28 (1): 35 – Jan 2, 2017

Abstract

AbstractThis paper examines the concept of expatriates, arguing that sloppy use of the term in the past has led to problems of inconsistent research, incompatible findings and a lack of clarity in the field. The increasing interest over the last dozen years or so in other forms of international experience, often equally poorly conceptualized, has compounded the problem. We argue for the need for greater construct clarity in studies of expatriates and, by extension, of other forms of international experience. Specifically, we attempt to clarify to whom does the term ‘expatriate’, and specifically ‘business expatriate’, apply and the boundary conditions under which expatriate employment is enacted.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
1466-4399
eISSN
0958-5192
DOI
10.1080/09585192.2016.1243567
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper examines the concept of expatriates, arguing that sloppy use of the term in the past has led to problems of inconsistent research, incompatible findings and a lack of clarity in the field. The increasing interest over the last dozen years or so in other forms of international experience, often equally poorly conceptualized, has compounded the problem. We argue for the need for greater construct clarity in studies of expatriates and, by extension, of other forms of international experience. Specifically, we attempt to clarify to whom does the term ‘expatriate’, and specifically ‘business expatriate’, apply and the boundary conditions under which expatriate employment is enacted.

Journal

International Journal of Human Resource ManagementTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2017

Keywords: Expatriates; expatriate definition; boundary conditions for expatriation; business expatriates; migrants; sojourners

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