Capital gains: expatriate adjustment and the psychological contract in international careers

Haslberger, Arno and Brewster, Chris (2009) Capital gains: expatriate adjustment and the psychological contract in international careers. Human Resource Management, 48 (3). pp. 379-397. ISSN 0090-4848

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Abstract

This paper argues that the notion of adjustment to careers involving international assignments needs to be developed further than the current literature reflects. An expatriate assignment is an expatriate's opportunity to build career capital and a company's opportunity to generate social and intellectual capital. The extent of the capital gains will depend considerably on the expatriate's adjustment during and after the assignment, which is influenced by the psychological contract. We argue that our understanding of the career impact of expatriation will be enhanced by a more refined picture of the adjustment that expatriates experience during the assignment and during repatriation. In particular, we examine adjustment as process rather than as event. We propose a broad conception of expatriate adjustment and its link to careers.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Professional Practice group for LWO
Item ID: 11945
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Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 15:38
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:28
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11945

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