An identity construction perspective on careers of international itinerants
2008 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Considering an alternative approach to international assignments from an individual’s viewpoint and as part of a boundaryless career, this paper aims to increase our understanding of individuals working abroad, beyond the traditional expatriate assignment for a company. This study uses a narrative approach on four in-depth interviews with individuals working abroad for several longer periods throughout their careers while crossing organizational boundaries. An additional contribution lies in the identity construction perspective which can capture the impact on the individual and give a more nuanced image of common experiences and individual differences in experiences of international careers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
international itinerants, multiple international assignments, identity construction, social identity, careers, narratives
Research subject Business Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-87926OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-87926DiVA: diva2:712328
8th EURAM Conference, Track 13: Expatriate Management – QUO VADIS? Ljubljana and Bled, Slovenia, May 14-17, 2008