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 16: Missionary (religious) expatriates

Braam Oberholster and Cheryl Doss


The underlying religious purpose of missionary expatriation influences the definition and forms of missionary expatriation. In combination with environmental trends and paradigm shifts, this mission worldview creates a unique and dynamic context for expatriation researchers. This chapter describes various types of missionary expatriation including traditional (frontier, professionally qualified, spouse, community development and humanitarian, tent maker, and business as mission). Research areas in each type of missionary are briefly discussed. A brief summary of missionary expatriate research literature focuses on member care topics including family adjustments, third-culture kids (TCKs), re-entry and adjustment in host country/ies, care support, burnout, persecution, and motivation. Areas for further research and approaches to missionary expatriate research are identified and discussed as well.

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