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Exploring relationships with home and host countries: A study of self‐directed expatriates

Julia Richardson (Atkinson Faculty, York University, Toronto, Canada)
Steve McKenna (Atkinson Faculty, York University, Toronto, Canada)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Article publication date: 1 January 2006

Abstract

Purpose

To explore self‐directed expatriates' relationships with their home and host countries by drawing on an existing model of expatriate managers' allegiance to home and host organizations.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a qualitative methodology and thematic analysis, the study draws on interviews with 30 expatriate academics in four countries. Specifically, the paper draws on Black and Gregersen's model of allegiance to home and host organizations to explore the different dimensions and the strength and weakness of those relationships.

Findings

The findings suggest that, while the model of allegiance presents a useful starting‐point, further modifications are required in order to cater for the complexity and dynamism of relationships with home and host countries.

Research limitations/implications

Whereas the paper focuses on UK expatriates, it may be that other nationals may experience different relationships with their home and host countries. Moreover, it may be useful to explore the relationships of other self‐directed expatriates such as managers and corporate executives, or medical personnel.

Originality/value

The specific value of the paper is that it explores a hitherto under‐researched theme and provides an insight into the identified dimensions of self‐directed expatriates' relationships with their home and host countries.

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Citation

Richardson, J. and McKenna, S. (2006), "Exploring relationships with home and host countries: A study of self‐directed expatriates", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 6-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/13527600610643448

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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