Re-conceptualizing the career development of self initiated expatriates: rivers not ladders

Crowley-Henry, Marian (2012) Re-conceptualizing the career development of self initiated expatriates: rivers not ladders. Journal of Management Development, 31 (2). pp. 130-141. ISSN 0262-1711

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore contemporary metaphors used in career literature pertaining to career development in an international context. Design/methodology/approach – Qualitative interviews with thirty-seven skilled self-initiated expatriates in one geographical location were conducted and used for data analysis. Findings – The metaphor of a “river” more aptly captures the career development directions and influences experienced by skilled self-initiated expatriates. Originality/value – The paper provides an analysis of career development influences which impact on the career direction of self-initiated expatriates. It provides useful information and recommendations for career (international career) academics and practitioners with regards to career development influences to be considered with regards to skilled self-initiated expatriates.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Postprint version of original published article. The definitive version of this article is available at Journal of Management Development Vol. 31 No. 2, 2012, pp. 130-141. DOI 10.1108/02621711211199476
Keywords: Careers; International; Human resource management; Career development; France; Narratives;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
Item ID: 3771
Depositing User: Dr. Marian Crowley-Henry
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2012 15:49
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Management Development
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes

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