1st Edition

Expatriates and Managing Global Mobility

Edited By Soo Min Toh, Angelo DeNisi Copyright 2023
    376 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    376 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Multinational enterprises continue to rely heavily upon expatriates as part of their global workforce. These expatriates, whose exact employment contract may take different forms, are assigned to help them develop global skills as well as to foster knowledge transfer. But managing this expatriate workforce is extremely complex, requiring a questioning of assumptions and sensitivity to new social and cultural dynamics. This book sets out to examine the problem of expatriate management through an I/O Psychology lens. Each chapter draws upon the expertise of scholars from around the world to provide insights into the latest research findings and remaining needs, pertaining to a wide variety of issues.

    The contributors of this book review the current state of the research of the issue at hand and then make recommendations for where the new frontiers of the research should be in the coming decades. This volume covers four sets of issues pertaining to expatriate management and global mobility in depth. First, the different decision points organizations must make about assigning someone to an overseas location for some period of time; second the different categories of employees in the multinational corporation and their unique characteristics and challenges; third, the various issues and implications of managing a globally mobile workforce; and fourth, the unique contexts of global mobility. Overarching future research themes are identified that lay out the research agenda for the coming decades.

    By bringing together key research, this book aims to help I/O psychologists understand, explore, and identify new ways of contributing to the understanding of the issues involved in managing an expatriate workforce. Incorporating state-of-the art I/O psychology research in this unique context bears the promise of yielding important new paradigms and practices.

    Chapter 5 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Series Foreword

    Kevin R. Murphy

    1. Introduction: Why this volume is needed at this time

    Soo Min Toh and Angelo DeNisi

    2. Choosing Candidates for International Assignments

    Ann Marie Ryan and Angelo DeNisi

    3. Performance Management for ExpatriatesArup Varma, Chun-Hsiao Wang and Tanjia Coleman

    4. Expatriate Compensation in Contemporary Organizations

    Ishbel McWha-Hermann and Emily Cook-Lundgren

    5. Women and Minority Expatriates

    Susan Shortland and Stephen Perkins

    6. Self-Initiated Expatriates

    Jan Selmer, Vesa Suutari and Chris Brewster

    7. Shaping the Future of Inpatriation Research

    Miriam Moeller, Jane Maley, and Timothy Kiessling

    8. The Host Country National Perspective in the Expatriate Management Process: A Review and Research Agenda

    Marina Schmitz, Soo Min Toh and Xue Xiang

    9. Home Is Wherever I’m With You – A Review of the Repatriate’s Microsystem and Directions for Research

    Sarah Henry and Margaret Shaffer

    10. Leadership Development and Career Outcomes of Expatriation

    Connie Wanberg, JiYeon Hyun and Autumn Touchstone

    11. An Identity Work Perspective of Expatriates and Cross-cultural Transitions: A Review and Future Research Agenda

    Maria Kraimer, Sebastian Reiche and Mailys George

    12. Expatriates’ work-nonwork interface – what do we know about it and what should we learn?

    Liisa Makela, Vesa Suutari and Tania Biswas

    13. Expatriation in High-Risk Countries: A Review and Dynamic Psychological Contract Perspective

    Benjamin Bader, Katherina Bader, Denise Rousseau and Tassilo Schuster

    14. Global Assignments and Virtual Work in a Post-Pandemic World 

    Wayne F. Cascio and David G. Collings

    15. Expatriates and Global Mobility: What We’ve Learned and Where We Must Go Next

    Angelo DeNisi and Soo Min Toh


    Soo Min Toh is Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the University of Toronto, and Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Her research in the context of organizations around the world has produced theoretical and managerial insights in the areas of organizational culture change, leadership, cooperation, and cross-cultural management.

    Angelo DeNisi is the Cohen Chair of Business Administration at Tulane University, USA. His work has been published in many major journals in psychology and management, and he serves or has served on more than 2 dozen editorial boards, including service as the editor of the Academy of Management Journal. He has also served as the President of both the Academy of Management and SIOP, and his research has been recognized by awards from both organizations.