Career interrupted? The case of the self-directed expatriate

Richardson, Julia; Mallon, Mary
November 2005
Journal of World Business;Nov2005, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p409
Academic Journal
Abstract: This paper examines the role of individual agency and the perceived value of international experience for self-directed expatriation as an increasingly common career choice. Drawing on a study of British expatriate academics, it reports that themes relating to both agency and structure come into play. Although individual desire for adventure, life change and family concerns were key incentives to expatriate, participants believed that their subsequent international experience would provide a distinct advantage in the academic marketplace. The internationalization of higher education was a key theme in these perceptions. The paper also presents practical recommendations regarding expatriate academics and other self-directed expatriates.


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