A Preliminary Research on Self-Initiated Expatriation as Compared to Assigned Expatriation

Mo HU, Jian-ming XIA

Abstract


The ever changing complexity of global staffing calls for a fundamental reassessment of international assignment, among which self-initiated expatriation is one of the burgeoning patterns. This paper discusses the basic characteristics of self-initiated expatriates compared with those who known as assigned expatriates, and finds out that the new born group of expatriates not only differ with those assigned expatriates in the visible, or called the “outside” part, as the technical skill set, career boundary, career stages, financial support, and time boundary, etc; but more important, the inherent, or called the “inner” part, as for motivation, information focus and value concern, and so on. Moreover, it reveals the so far neglected cross-cultural adjustment abilities of SIE and gives advice for human resource management practice. Keywords: Expatriation; Self-initiated expatriates; Assigned expatriates Résumé: La complexité du personnel global est en constante évolution et elle exige une réévaluation fondamentale de l’affectation internationale, dont l'expatriation auto-initiée est l'un des modèles en plein essor. Cet article examine les caractéristiques de base des expatriés auto-initiés par rapport à ceux qui sont connus sous le nom des expatriés affectés, et découvre que le nouveau groupe des expatriés diffèrent avec des expatriés affectés non seulement dans le visible, ou la partie extérieure autrement dit, comme compétences techniques définies, contraintes de carrière, étapes de carrière, soutien financier et limite de temps, etc, mais ce qui est plus important, c’est l’inhérent, ou sous l'appellation la partie «interne», comme motivation, information ciblée, conception des valeurs, et ainsi de suite. En outre, il révèle les capacités de l'adaptation interculturelle des expartriés auto-initiés, ce qui est pour lontemps négligé et donne des conseils pour la pratique de gestion des ressources humaines.Mots-clés: Expatriation; expatriés auto-initiés; expatriés affectés

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.css.1923669720100605.021

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