Herding Cats

Expatriate Talent Acquisition and Development

Authored by: Vlad Vaiman , Yvonne McNulty , Arno Haslberger

The Routledge Companion to Talent Management

Print publication date:  August  2021
Online publication date:  August  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138202146
eBook ISBN: 9781315474687
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International mobility for work in today's employment landscape is increasing. About 3% of the world's total population live and work abroad (OECD, 2017), more than at any time in history (see OECD, 2018, 2019). Most are of working age (20–59 years) and about half are women (UNPD, 2018). The focus of this chapter is the talent management (TM) of a particular type of internationally mobile individual – expatriates. Expatriation involves a physical relocation to another country, with or without accompanying family members as appropriate, for work and with the intention of staying there for a limited time (McNulty & Brewster, 2017a; Shaffer, Kraimer, Chen, & Bolino, 2012).

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