Chapter 13: Split family expatriation: perspectives from expatriates and their career spouses
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Within recent years there has been growing focus within the expatriate literature of expatriates in non-traditional family situations. This has highlighted the need for organisations to provide support to accommodate employees with a wider range of global family responsibilities and commitments and those living in differing family arrangements, than has occurred in the past, if they are to attract and retain a broader spectrum of talent and maximise the diversity of their workforce. Within this literature, one type of non-traditional expatriate that is becoming prevalent is split family expatriates which have thus far received scant attention in academic research or practitioner reports. This chapter provides an exploratory scoping study, positioned in family systems theory and stress theory, to examine the challenges and opportunities for global families in which an expatriate works/lives in one country and their spouse (and sometimes also children) live and work in another country. We present research findings in a narrative, vignette approach to examine the split family expatriate experience of two couples while elucidating their split family journey and possible stressors. Our research examines whether split family expatriate arrangements are successful, achieve their aims, and if so, for whom. We conclude with some implications for organisations and individuals in split family arrangements and suggest some areas for a future research agenda.

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