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Working Internationally

Expatriation, Migration and Other Global Work Yvonne McNulty, S R Nathan School of Human Development, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore and Chris Brewster, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK, Vaasa University, Finland and Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Managing expatriates and other ‘traditional’ internationally mobile workers is a significant part of many academic programmes and the focus of some specialist ones. But we cannot answer the big questions about global mobility if we exclude from our teaching people who do not fit with our usual conceptions and assumptions about who it is that organisations employ.
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 952 8
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Managing expatriates and other ‘traditional’ internationally mobile workers is a significant part of many academic programmes and the focus of some specialist ones. But we cannot answer the big questions about working internationally if we exclude from our teaching people who do not fit into our usual conceptions and assumptions about who it is that organisations employ.

Written by two of the most frequently published authors in the field, this is the only textbook to specialise in all the widely-accepted types of international work such as high-status expatriation, international business travel, short-term project work, and international commuting, while also covering the management of low-status expatriates, qualified immigrants, economic and low-skilled migrants, and refugees. Topics include cost effective global HRM, value and return on investment, localisation, home- and host-based compensation, talent management, human rights, safety and security, and duty of care – all examined from the differing perspectives of organisational practitioners and international workers and their families.

In nine clear chapters, this book covers everything that a teacher or student of expatriation and global mobility needs to know, with each chapter written specifically as a primer for teaching sessions. Chapters are research-led and data driven, outlining current research on the topic. Included for each chapter are learning objectives, chapter summaries, key theories, detailed reference lists, additional reading lists, high-quality diagrams and tables, class activities, and reflective questions suitable for exam preparation. Supplemented with consulting reports and surveys that are highly applicable to (working) MBA students, this is the ideal textbook for any contemporary course in expatriate management or international HRM needing to take it to the next level.
‘Yvonne McNulty and Chris Brewster have been at the forefront of expatriation research for many years, and this book continues their legacy of breaking new ground in understanding the multi-dimensional aspects of global mobility. Their categorization of international work will not only assist HR professionals in better understanding the complexity of the international workforce but will also aid scholars in better conceptualizing the dynamics associated with the specific international workers that they study. This book is an important value-added contribution to the field and should be on the bookshelf of anyone who works in the area of global mobility.’
– Mark Mendenhall, University of Chattanooga, US

'This book is both important and engaging for students, scholars and managers interested in the management of an internationally mobile workforce. I believe this is the first book in the international HRM field to discuss the broad spectrum of challenges brought by the current global context and changing nature of international work. Written in an easy to read manner, this innovative and original book draws on the authors’ considerable expertise with an excellent balance between detail and breadth.'
– Helen De Cieri, Monash University, Australia

‘This book demonstrates the benefits of academic collaboration. The text covers the full range of what it means to be working internationally, and sheds light on both existing and new problems facing people moving abroad. A well-researched, useful, and fascinating book that provides teachers and students with a solid foundation in the area.’
– Jaime Bonache, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Contents: 1. Introduction: The New World of Expatriation and Mobility For Work 2. High-status Expatriates 3. The Expatriate Cycle 4. Low-Status Expatriates 5. ‘Other’ International Workers 6. Migrants 7. ROI and Value 8. Cost-Effective Global HRM 9. New Directions and Working Internationally Index