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 12: Female expatriates: towards a more inclusive view

Kate Hutchings and Snejina Michailova


Since the late 1970s a stream of research has engaged with the issue of women’s continued under-representation among expatriates. The existing research has debated whether there are country, organizational, and individual reasons why women are not selected for, do not accept, or do not initiate international career opportunities to the same extent as men. The primary focus of much of the research has been on Western women who are single or in dual career relationships and working in multinational corporations. In this chapter we: present a critique of the extant literature; outline the key themes that have attracted most scholarly attention; and offer suggestions for a more inclusive view of female expatriates. In particular, we see potential for future studies considering the diversity of females engaged in international work and careers, namely: women from developing countries; women in non-traditional family situations; and women working across industries and sectors.

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