Women and International Assignments: The Impact of Supervisor-Subordinate Relationships

Varma, Arup; Stroh, Linda K.; Schmitt, Lisa B.
December 2001
Journal of World Business;Winter2001, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p380
Academic Journal
During the past two decades, more and more organizations have been going global, and, as a result, more and more employees are being sent on international assignments. For the most part, though, the percentage of females being sent on these assignments is much lower than the percentage of males. Several recent studies have suggested that the supervisor-subordinate relationship might be a critical determinant of who gets selected for expatriate assignments. To explore this issue in some detail, the leader-member exchange (LMX) model is used to examine the link between supervisor-subordinate relationships and selection for international assignments. Strategies that female employees can use to improve their chances of being sent on international assignments are also suggested.


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