‘Out of sight but still in the picture’: short-term international assignments and the influential role of family
Starr, Tina L. and Currie, Graeme. (2009) ‘Out of sight but still in the picture’: short-term international assignments and the influential role of family. International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol.20 (No.6). pp. 1421-1438. ISSN 0958-5192Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585190902909921
This paper focuses on the role of the family, and related issues associated with short-term international assignments from the assignees' perspective. Conceptually our study utilizes discourse analysis set within a social constructionist framework to understand these issues better. Our research is a longitudinal case study which encompasses 22 interviews with short-term assignees employed by a US-based MNC. Despite the physical absence of the family/spouse on short-term assignments, a number of family related concerns emerge in our study. First, ‘single’ assignees, as well as married assignees, have family related concerns. Second, extended, as well as immediate family, are influential in the assignment process. Third, long-distance family support is crucial in the wake of assignment-imposed separation. Finally, there are significant family issues associated with repatriation in the aftermath of a short-term assignment.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > International Centre for Governance & Public Management
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Human Resource Management|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 1421-1438|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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