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 10: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) expatriates

Ruth McPhail

Abstract

It is understood that expatriation is a key element of multinational corporations’ (MNCs) strategies for the use of global talent and improving firm performance. What is less clear is how organizations can meet the growing need for talent to expatriate. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees are often in more senior positions within management in proportion to their heterosexual counterparts, and therefore a significant number of the top 10 per cent of talent often targeted for international assignments. This chapter provides a useful insight into the current research on this topic and how practitioners can best support LGBTI employees.

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