Crowley-Henry, Marian and Weir, David
Power, control and the protean Career: a critical perspective on multinational organizations' permanent international assignees.
Critical Management Studies at Work. Negotiating Tensions between Theory and Practice.
Edward Elgar Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA , pp. 299-315.
Mainstream management literature and research regarding the international
career has long focused on the traditional expatriate experience
(for example Adler 1986; Boyacigiller 1995; Dowling and Welch 2004;
Feldman and Tompson 1993; Mendenhall and Oddou 2000). In this
discourse, the tendency has been to outline the benefits and issues to be
considered for organizations and individuals embarking on international
assignments. In contrast, this chapter focuses on a special group whose
positioning in the structures of employment and organization is in some
ways exemplary of developing trends in the global labor force. They
are the highly educated permanent expatriates1 who remain in the host
country indefinitely (that is without a pre-determined organizational
option of repatriation to their initial home country). We engage with the
mainstream ways of dealing with this group and take a critical approach
in exploring their international careers. In fact, we take a critical stance
on the notion of ‘career’ itself and question its ubiquitous application.
Adopting a loose and critical review of Foucault’s governmentality, technologies
of power and domination and technologies of the self, we aim to
explore organizational and individual power and control with regard to
an individual’s career in an international context, and to propose a practical
model for professionals working in areas such as human resource
management (HRM), human resource development (HRD) and career
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