Globalization and the development of multinational organizations have led to an increase in the number of people spending part of their lives living and working in foreign countries. While the contemporary literature has focused on organizational expatriates sent overseas by their employers, self-initiated expatriation is becoming an important area of study in its own right. Studies on self-initiated expatriation explore the labor market positions of individuals who have relocated under their own initiative. However, no comprehensive book exists on the dynamics that underlie this type of mobility. This edited volume offers a holistic picture of self-initiated expatriation and the groups that pursue it, emphasizing many aspects for departure including career development and career capital. It is the first book on the market to explore the issues pertaining to self-initiated expatriation from a variety of perspectives with important theoretical and practical implications.

In an era of global war for talent, companies face difficulties in finding highly skilled employees. Self-initiated expatriates have the potential to fill this talent gap. National economies thus have an interest in creating favorable conditions to attract self-initiated expatriates and provoke their repatriation, and this book explores the conditions that achieve the return of employees with skills that are in demand outside of their home countries.

part |56 pages

Understanding the Concept

chapter |8 pages


Self-Initiated Expatriation—Individual, Organizational, and National Perspectives
ByMaike Andresen, Akram Al Ariss, Matthias Walther

chapter |31 pages

What Distinguishes Self-Initiated Expatriates from Assigned Expatriates and Migrants?

A Literature-Based Definition and Differentiation of Terms
ByMaike Andresen, Franziska Bergdolt, Jil Margenfeld

chapter |15 pages

Research on Self-Initiated Expatriation

History and Future Directions
ByMichael Dorsch, Vesa Suutari, Chris Brewster

part |124 pages

Understanding the Processes of Self-Initiated Expatriation

chapter |16 pages

Motivation of Self-Initiated Expatriates

ByJean-Luc Cerdin

chapter |15 pages

Self-Initiated Expatriation and Talent Flow

ByKaye Thorn, Kerr Inkson

chapter |15 pages

Differences in Self-Initiated and Organizational Expatriates' Cross-Cultural Adjustment

ByVesa Peltokorpi, Fabian J. Froese

chapter |17 pages

Career Concepts of Self-Initiated and Assigned Expatriates

A Theoretical Analysis Based on Coupling and Configuration
ByMaike Andresen, Torsten Biemann

chapter |21 pages

Self-Initiated Expatriation

Drivers, Employment Experience, and Career Outcomes
ByNoeleen Doherty, Michael Dickmann

chapter |17 pages

Tax and Salary Issues in Self-Initiated Expatriation

ByThomas Egner

chapter |21 pages

Self-Initiated Repatriation at the Interplay between Field, Capital, and Habitus

An Analysis Based on Bourdieu's Theory of Practice
ByMaike Andresen, Matthias Walther

part |61 pages

Understanding the Groups Undertaking Self-Initiated Foreign Experiences

chapter |22 pages

Volunteering Abroad

A Career-Related Analysis of International Development Aid Workers
ByMaike Andresen, Tanja Gustschin

chapter |16 pages

Self-Initiated Expatriation in Academia

A Bounded and Boundaryless Career?
ByJulia Richardson

chapter |14 pages

Self-Initiated Career Characteristics of Danish Expatriated Engineers

ByTorben Andersen, Erling Rasmussen

chapter |7 pages

Ethnic Minority Migrants or Self-Initiated Expatriates?

Questioning Assumptions in International Management Studies
ByAkram Al Ariss