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    Self-initiated expatriation and migration in the management literature

    Akram, Al Ariss and Crowley-Henry, Marian (2013) Self-initiated expatriation and migration in the management literature. Career Development International, 18 (1). pp. 78-96. ISSN 1362-0436

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    Purpose – This paper aims to offer a critical review of how self-initiated expatriation (SIE) is theorized compared to migration in the management literature and to indicate venues for future research on SIE. Design/methodology/approach – A systematic review has been conducted using the ISI Web of Knowledge database as well as ABI/INFORM in order to include key journals in the management field. Findings – Despite the importance of present theorizations on SIE, the authors show that the literature presents a narrow focus on the most privileged of self-initiated expatriates and presents some important knowledge gaps. In order to fill these gaps, the authors propose a research map for future research on SIE. This map includes four key dimensions. These are: diversity-informed research on SIE; context specific and multilevel understanding of SIE; reflexive approaches to SIE; triangulated methods to studying SIE. Research limitations/implications – By proposing a research map with theoretical and methodological implications, this paper increases our understanding of SIE. It offers a guide for future research on SIEs. Practical implications – Research on self-initiated expatriation needs to be more inclusive and critical in terms of studying the diverse human resources in our contemporary societies. Originality/value – The paper indicates how research on self-initiated expatriation can become more developed in terms of its theorizations. Furthermore, it proposes a research map for future studies on SIE that is reflexive, relational, diversity-informed, and methodologically-triangulated.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Expatriates; Migrant workers; Self-initiated expatriation; Migration; International mobility; Job Mobility;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 5720
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    Depositing User: Dr. Marian Crowley-Henry
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 16:57
    Journal or Publication Title: Career Development International
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes

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