What motivates Australian business managers to undertake expatriate appointments in East Asia?

Alan Fish (Director International MBA, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Evaluates the findings from a study designed to identify factors that motivate Australian managers to accept expatriate appointments in the East‐Asian business region. These findings derive from 20 Australian business enterprises which have a physical presence in the East Asian business region. Results point to the need for a reassessment of existing Australian business practices in offering overseas business appointments to management staff. While extrinsic issues such as monetary satisfaction are important to the decision to seek and accept an overseas appointment, of more critical importance is how the overseas appointment, advances a person’s international career; and the opportunities the overseas appointment presents for professional development generally. A further consideration is the type and extent of information received by prospective international staff from those who have “gone before”. Overall, confirms the need for less attention to money and perquisites as inducements to accept overseas appointments. Suggests that more attention needs to be directed at the satisfaction of more intrinsic development and career advancement opportunities.



Fish, A. (1996), "What motivates Australian business managers to undertake expatriate appointments in East Asia?", Career Development International, Vol. 1 No. 7, pp. 34-43. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620439610732003

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