Book highlight—The expatriate cycle
Global Business and Organizational Excellence
John Wiley and Sons Inc.
School of Business and Law
The expatriate cycle is the process of planning the expatriate assignment, selecting the people for it, establishing their terms and conditions of employment, and then preparing for their going, adjustment, and performance once they are there, and finally, for what happens after they return (Exhibit 1). Most of these stages will apply to all kinds of international workers, but in some cases, there may be stages that do not apply. Thus, migrants and self‐initiated expatriates (SIEs) make their own decisions rather than being “selected,” as is the case for assigned expatriates (AEs). A portion of the migrant population (refugees) do not “prepare” to go: They are forced out by war, famine, or the actions of governments or local power groups. Migrants (and some expatriates) do not repatriate; they stay in their host country or move on to another one. There are messages for international workers at each stage of the cycle, but since most of the research on the cycle has been done on assigned expatriates, that is where we focus.