Methodological issues in expatriate studies and future directions

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    Advancement in a field is linked to the rigour and relevance of its research (Aguinis and Edwards, 2014; Scandura and Williams, 2000). Indeed, the methodologies used in research studies directly affect the validity and generalizability of the results obtained (Aguinis and Edwards, 2014; Mitchell, 1985; Scandura and Williams, 2000). The field of human resource management (HRM) has recently seen an increase in the number of research studies into long-term (that is, more than a year) skilled (that is, usually holding at least a bachelor’s degree) international mobility. Recent reviews in HRM, international HRM (IHRM), international business (IB), international management (IM) and management confirm an ongoing and substantial empirical interest in the most common form: international assignees or assigned expatriates (e.g., Dabic et al., 2013; Harvey and Moeller, 2009; Lin et al., 2012; Shaffer et al., 2012; Takeuchi, 2010). Increasingly, self-initiated expatriates (e.g., Doherty, 2013; Dorsch et al., 2013; Shaffer et al., 2012; Vaiman et al., 2015) and skilled migrants (e.g., Al Ariss and Crowley-Henry, 2013; Al Ariss et al., 2012; Findlay and Cranston, 2015; Guo and Al Ariss, 2015; Syed, 2008) are also attracting empirical interest in HRM. The aim of this chapter is to compare the research methods employed in studies of the three forms of long-term skilled international mobility to assess any systematic patterns that may differentially influence their results.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch Handbook of Expatriates
    EditorsYvonne McNulty, Jan Selmer
    Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Electronic)9781784718183
    ISBN (Print)9781784718176
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • international mobility
    • human resource management (HRM)
    • international assignees
    • assigned expatriates
    • skilled migrants


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