Chapter 2: Expatriate families: historic development of the research field and future outlook
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Research on expatriation has traditionally been expatriate-centred and focused on the international assignee as the most critical element to successful expatriation. However, expatriates are frequently accompanied by their families/ partners and an increased awareness of family matters surrounding expatriation has slowly been established. The purpose of this chapter is to review the nascent literature on expatriate families. We focus specifically on retracing the development of the field over the past 50 years and discuss key findings in pertinent themes relating to expatriate families. Based on this historical review, we outline promising avenues to move the field forward and provide a short summary of the go-to authors in this dynamic field of study.

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