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The taming of the scoundrel: how to tempt European Millennials to engage in international work-related mobility

Riina Koris (Department of Marketing and Communication, Estonian Business School, Tallinn, Estonia)
Iris Kollinger (Department of Human Resource Management, Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien, Vienna, Austria)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 5 July 2021

Issue publication date: 2 February 2022




This research identifies the factors which motivate (or not) European Millennial students to accept work-related mobility. Insight into preferred length of mobility is also provided.


Quantitative self-report survey among 617 Millennial students from Europe. Data analysis for the quantitative survey used exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis.


Reasons which add to as well as take from mobility willingness remain on the “personal” rather than “professional” side. The European Millennials would rather not accept long-term mobility, primarily for reasons related to family, friends and life in home country.

Practical implications

Organizations should design short-term assignments and enable flexibility for assignees to pursue personal interests while on mobility. Remuneration packages remain among the hygiene factors and organizations may have to adopt an individualized approach while creating mobility offers for the European Millennials.


This study shows which factors should be highlighted while designing work-related mobility offers to the European Millennials. As an original research, it offers highly practical value to organizations, thereby adding to their opportunity for flexibility during societal shifts.



Koris, R. and Kollinger, I. (2022), "The taming of the scoundrel: how to tempt European Millennials to engage in international work-related mobility", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp. 8-10.



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