The adaptation of expatriates in Europe

Vesa Suutari (University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland)
Chris Brewster (Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, UK)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Publication date: 1 April 1998


Despite an expanding research interest in the topic of expatriation, there is still a significant gap in our understanding of the expatriation process. This article presents recently collected research data on the experiences of Finnish expatriates adjusting to living and working in other European countries. It is argued that the process of adaptation varies considerably between countries and, on that basis, argues that the existing models of adaptation are useful, but themselves need adaptation. The article also offers recommendations for expatriates and for the organisations that employ them.



Suutari, V. and Brewster, C. (1998), "The adaptation of expatriates in Europe", Personnel Review, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 89-103.

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