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 18: Sports expatriates

Harald Dolles and Birnir Egilsson

Abstract

Introducing self-initiated expatriation in sports is the purpose of this chapter, as it has emerged as a growing phenomenon and subsequently as an important field for research, given its global reach and the amount of human, social and economic capital involved. We aim to demonstrate further evidence of the global presence of self-initiated expatriation in sports, will argue toward a definition of self-initiated expatriates in sports, and follow by introducing different streams of research by different academic disciplines addressing the phenomenon of athletes going global to advance in their careers. The chapter concludes by emphasizing three areas in which expatriation within sports differs significantly from other industries.

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