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Career Capital Development of Self-Initiated Expatriates in China

Global Talent Management and Staffing in MNEs

ISBN: 978-1-78635-354-2, eISBN: 978-1-78635-353-5

ISSN: 1876-066X

Publication date: 3 September 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of SIEs’ career development through international assignment. In particular, the research focus is on career capital acquirement and development of SIEs through their international assignment in China.

Methodology/approach

We review studies on SIEs and comparative studies between SIEs and OEs. We apply the career capital theory to discuss SIEs’ career capital development in terms of knowing-how, knowing-why and knowing-whom through expatriation assignment in China.

Findings

This chapter focuses on SIEs’ career capital accumulation through international assignments in China, and we develop three propositions that will guide future studies: the knowing-whom career capital development of SIEs through expatriation is increased more in network quantity than network quality in China; the knowing-why career capital development of SIEs through expatriation is influenced by the age and career stage of SIEs; and the knowing-how career capital development of SIEs through expatriation — task-related skills and local engagement skills — is influenced by the SIE’s intercultural ability and organization support respectively.

Practical implications

In practice, a better understanding of SIEs’ career capital development in terms of knowing-how, knowing-why and knowing-whom help companies make the decision to select the relevant staffing pattern. This study also has practical implications in relation to the design and selection of the training, learning and development activities provided to the employees.

Originality/value

The chapter contributes to the expatriate management literature by focusing on SIEs’ career development through their international assignment in China. SIEs’ career development is related to their cross-cultural adjustment and has impacts on the completion and success of the expatriation assignment.

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Citation

Guo, Y., Rammal, H.G. and Dowling, P.J. (2016), "Career Capital Development of Self-Initiated Expatriates in China", Global Talent Management and Staffing in MNEs (International Business and Management, Vol. 32), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 81-100. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1876-066X20160000032003

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