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Subject Area: Human Resource Management
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|Title:||Re-conceptualizing the career development of self initiated expatriates: rivers not ladders|
|Author(s):||Marian Crowley-Henry, (National University of Ireland – Management, Maynooth, Ireland)|
|Citation:||Marian Crowley-Henry, (2012) "Re-conceptualizing the career development of self initiated expatriates: rivers not ladders", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 31 Iss: 2, pp.130 - 141|
|Keywords:||Career development, Careers, France, Human resource management, International, Narratives|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/02621711211199476 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
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.
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