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Human resources and expatriate evacuation: a conceptual model

Anthony Fee (School of Business, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia)
Susan McGrath-Champ (University of Sydney Business School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)
Helena Liu (Swinburne Leadership Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia)

Journal of Global Mobility

ISSN: 2049-8799

Article publication date: 29 November 2013




The purpose of this paper is to introduce a conceptual model that integrates multi-disciplinary research in relation to crisis management, and to consider its application for international human resource managers in preventing and managing the evacuation of expatriate staff during crises.


The paper critically reviews and distils research into crisis and evacuation management, and examines its relevance to a generic framework of international human resource roles. The paper evaluates this body of literature and suggests potential research avenues from an international human resource perspective.


The review reveals a dearth of research on emergency evacuation of expatriates from a human resources perspective. The paper articulates a framework that delineates what role human resource managers could, or should, play during crisis preparation and response. This framework aims to establish a basic “roadmap” for use by practitioners and researchers.


Focusing on the human (rather than business) implications of crises, the paper links crisis management literature to the role of international human resource managers in supporting the health, safety, and security of international assignees during crises. A framework is presented which enables managers to map their current (and potential) contributions to preventing and managing expatriate evacuation. From this, several avenues of future research are drawn.



Fee, A., McGrath-Champ, S. and Liu, H. (2013), "Human resources and expatriate evacuation: a conceptual model", Journal of Global Mobility, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp. 246-263.



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