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European female expatriate careers: critical success factors

Dr Margaret Linehan (Dr Margaret Linehan is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the Department of Adult & Continuing Education, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. She is Visiting Professor of International Human Resource Management at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her main research interest is women in international human resource management.)
Professor Hugh Scullion (Professor Hugh Scullion is Professor of International Human Resource Management at Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He is Visiting Professor of International Human Resource Management at Grenoble and Toulouse Universities. His main research interest is international human resource management.)

Journal of European Industrial Training

ISSN: 0309-0590

Article publication date: 1 November 2001

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Abstract

The particular focus of this paper is female expatriates in Europe, which is a relatively under‐researched area. A total of 50 senior female expatriate managers were interviewed, representing a wide range of industry and service sectors. The aims of the paper are to highlight a number of critical factors which are necessary for successful female expatriate assignments. The results of the study show that female expatriates are disadvantaged in their careers because of the lack of organizational support which is readily available to their male counterparts. This lack of organizational support, together with the invisible barriers which constitute the glass ceiling, explain the relative scarcity of female expatriate managers.

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Linehan, M. and Scullion, H. (2001), "European female expatriate careers: critical success factors", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 25 No. 8, pp. 392-418. https://doi.org/10.1108/03090590110407191

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