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 6: Expatriates to and from developed and developing countries

Lisa Clarke, Akhentoolove Corbin and Betty Jane Punnett


Developing countries are increasingly important in the global economy and levels of trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) between developed and developing countries are expanding. This chapter argues that increasing levels of trade and investment results in greater numbers of expatriates to/from developed/developing countries. The literature on developing countries remains limited and this is the case relative to expatriates, therefore little is known about expatriates moving between the two groups of countries. This chapter discusses the limited literature on expatriates to/from developed/developing countries. It briefly considers the need for expatriates in the context of FDI and gives evidence of the growth in FDI between developed and developing countries. It considers differences between the two sets of countries as background to examining the literature on expatriates in this context. The chapter concludes with suggestions for areas of research and acknowledges that this is an extremely important and relevant area for research. Academics are encouraged to consider it as a fertile research field.

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