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 22: Case study research on expatriates

Julia Richardson


In this chapter I explore the use of case studies in expatriate management research and signal some of its potential advantages and challenges. I demonstrate why case studies are a valuable resource for understanding expatriates by drawing on published work in the field. Case studies of expatriates conducted in different national, industry and organizational contexts are examined as examples of ‘best practice’ and platforms for future research. The chapter also addresses the criteria for ensuring rigour in expatriate case study research, examining how those criteria might be incorporated into study design, execution and subsequent writing/publication of results and professional practice. Themes relating to external, conceptual and internal validity are explored in detail. The chapter is especially focused on providing readers with insight into how to design and execute high quality case study research for actionable professional practice. Whereas extant literature tends to focus on how case study research might be used as a means of data collection, I also include a discussion of how to write up results and strategies for publication. Finally, I identify future avenues for case study research on expatriates by both scholars and practitioners.

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