Research Handbook of Expatriates
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Research Handbook of Expatriates

Edited by Yvonne McNulty and Jan Selmer

The Research Handbook of Expatriates is a comprehensive and carefully designed collection of contributions that provides a nuanced discussion of expatriates and important insights into emerging areas of research. The first of its kind, the Research Handbook includes detailed examinations of the various types of business expatriates including LGBT, self-initiated expatriates, female assignees, and inpatriates, as well as expatriates in diverse communities such as education, military, missionary, sports and ‘Aidland’. Other themes include expatriate performance, adjustment, expatriates to and from developing countries, global talent management, and expatriates’ safety and security. With solid theoretical foundations and essays from the most distinguished academics in the field, the Research Handbook is a ground-breaking must-read for scholars and consultants in the field of expatriation, international management, global HR and business administration.
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Chapter 13: Millennial expatriates

Marian Crowley-Henry and Mary Collins


This chapter describes Millennial expatriates, the youngest expatriate employees in organizations today. Their relevance is pronounced in a recent Deloitte report (2014) which postulates that 75 per cent of the global workforce will be Millennials by 2025. Millennials’ competencies, motivations and expectations differ from previous generations, and this chapter unpacks current research on this group pertaining to international mobility and expatriation. Millennials are eager to learn and have new experiences. They are digital natives, apt at maintaining relationships via social media and VoIP. They have experienced the brunt of the global economic recession, with many Millennials having personally experienced unemployment. For self-initiated Millennial expatriates, an international assignment is both an opportunity to find employment anywhere in the world and a time to garner new experiences. Organizational Millennial expatriates are impressed by the learning and career progressive potential of international assignments, but question their universal relevance given the prevalence of technologies which could substitute international assignments. The objective of this chapter is to familiarize readers with current research on Millennial expatriates and the recognized characteristics of this group. The implications for international human resource management research and practice are outlined. Gaps in the existing research and areas for further research are also shared.

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