Finally: Expatriate Management – Transatlantic Dialogues Published

We are proud to announce that after the official ending of the Scientific Network, our Edited Volume (Expatriate Management – Transatlantic Dialogues) has been published with Palgrave MacMillan.

This book provides state-of-the art research on expatriate management from a European perspective. Considering issues related to the different phases of expatriation and comprehensive contemporary topics of expatriate management, the chapters present a long overdue holistic approach to the field. Rather than just publishing a counterweight to the predominant North American literature, Expatriate Management includes critical analyses of each chapter written by a number of renowned North American scholars to review and contribute to the Transtlantic Dialogue. For further information, please check out this link.

It was a long way until here and we are happy that we can finally present the results of our work to the public. We are very grateful for the tremendous effort of all contributors to make this happen. Thank you very much!!!

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Meeting with Mickey Mouse – AOM Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California

A quite big group of researchers in our network also attended the 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) in Anaheim, USA – hosted near Disneyland. While some might have made a trip into the theme park as well, the focus clearly was on research. Our network members presented various studies on topics such as diversity, expatriation, or entrepreneurship.

Tassilo Schuster (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg), Bastian Breitmayer, Benjamin Bader, and Matthias Pelster (all Leuphana University of Lüneburg) presented a very interdisciplinary study on the investigation on the implications of TMT diversity in turbulent markets. Katharina Bader and Lena Kemper (both University of Göttingen) discussed the attitudes toward women in the case of Scandinavian subsidiaries in Japan. Along with two co-authors, Rodrigo Isidor (University of Paderborn) examined the moderating role of recruiting source for the relationship of women in top management teams and firm performance. In another study, Rodrigo showed effects of gendered wording in job advertisements on female applicant pool quantity and quality.

Another big topic was expatriation. Katharina Bader and Fabian Froese (University of Göttingen) examined German expatriates’ work-life boundary adjustment in South Korea and introduced their findings to the AOM audience. Furthermore, Benjamin Bader and Tassilo Schuster presented their paper „Opening the Black Box: Social Support and Expatriate Social Networks in Low and High Risk Countries“ which was included in the Best Paper Proceedings. The paper was also awarded IM Division Best Paper in OB/HRM/OT Finalist. Also honored with being accepted for the Best Paper Proceedings was the paper presented by Anne Burmeister, Jürgen Deller (Leuphana University of Lüneburg), and Mila Lazarova (Simon Fraser University) on the influence of motivation, opportunity, ability, and tacitness on repatriate knowledge transfer. Another team from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg with Tassilo Schuster, Dirk Holtbrügge, Franziska Engelhard discussed their work on the process of reverse knowledge transfer of inpatriates.

A very pressing issue in management research is entrepreneurship. Rodrigo Isidor presented his research on immigration and entrepreneurship, while Matthias Baum and Jens Schüler (TU Kaiserslautern) showed meta-analytical results on the antecedents of entrepreneurial orientation. Moreover, Matthias Baum and his colleagues similarly looked more closely on the relationship between international diversification and firm performance.

Another important topic, which was introduced to the conference by Helene Tenzer (Tübingen University) and her colleagues in a workshop is the topic of language in international management research. In this PDW, researchers exchanged their views and work on a very timely topic.

Finally, Anne Burmeister was organizer of two very interesting Professional Development Workshops, one focusing on case-based teaching, showcasing the 2nd edition of the Global HRM Casebook, the other one on publishing in top-tier US journals for non-US scholars.

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Discussing Challenges of HRM in the 21st Century – AIB Annual Meeting in New Orleans

This year we had again a strong presence of our members at several of the big conferences. This summer the start was made with the Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Lousiana.

The research presented and discussed covered many different fields. Especially, the pressing challenges related to the change of the international work environment due terrorism or the different faces of diversity and personal development in expatriate management were discussed at the conference.

Benjamin Bader (Leuphana University of Lüneburg), Gabriele Suder (University of Melbourne, Australia), and Robert Grosse (Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA) introduced a review and outlook on “The Legacy of 9/11 in International Business Research”. Benjamin Bader (Leuphana University of Lüneburg) and Tassilo Schuster (University Erlangen-Nürnberg) presented their empirical analysis on the “Expatriate Social Networks and Social Support in Low vs. High Risk Countries”. While Anna Katharina Bader (Georg-August-University Göttingen) and Carol Reade (San Jose State University, USA) presented their work on the relationship between terrorism and expatriates’ withdrawal cognitions, examining the differential role in the work and non-work domains.

Another pressing issue shaping our work world is diversity. Anna Katharina Bader (Georg-August-University Göttingen) discussed two research pieces on this topic: The first copes with the gender diversity management in foreign subsidiaries and compared the cultural contexts of Germany and Japan. The second paper looked at the different attitudes towards women in subsidiaries of Scandinavian MNCs in Japan.

The next important theme tackled is related to the field of personal development in the context of expatriation and inpatriation. Judith Ambrosius (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg) and Benjamin Bader (Leuphana University of Lüneburg) examined the relation of international assignments, personality traits, mentoring and well-being. Tassilo Schuster and his colleagues from the University of Erlangen- Nürnberg presented their work regarding the abilities, motivation, and opportunities of inpartiates as agents for knowledge transfer.

Finally, Mathias Baum (University of Kaiserslautern) presented his work on more strategically oriented issues: He examined the home-peer entry density and the internationalization strategies and the export market exit of SMEs together with his colleague Sui Sui (Ryerson University). Further, Mathias Baum presented a meta-analysis with fellow researchers from the University of Kaiserslautern. They focused on the relationship between international diversification and firm performance.

Overall, the conference was a place for fruitful discussion and successfully contributed to developing our members’ research.

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More (wo)men power for the expatriate research force – our new PhD stipendiary

In the beginning of this year we shared with you that Leuphana University of Lüneburg offers a PhD scholarship in the field of International Human Resource Management. We are very happy to announce now that we found a suitable candidate. Birte K. Manke will join our research team at Leuphana University of Lüneburg in July 2016. She studied business psychology, political science, marketing and management at Leuphana University Lüneburg and ESC Rennes (France). Therefore, her academic career so far has been as interdisciplinary as the challenges we are facing in the 21st century in the HR field. We are very much looking forward to working with her and will keep you posted with an introductory article, once Birte officially started.

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Benjamin Bader & Tassilo Schuster’s Paper nominated for AOM IM Division Best Paper in OB / HRM / OT Award

We are happy to share with you that a paper by Benjamin Bader and Tassilo Schuster was nominated for the Academy of Management (AOM) IM Division Best Paper in OB / HRM / OT Award. This award is presented to the best scholarly paper of the IM Division focusing on Organizational Behavior / Human Resource Management / Organization Theory at the Academy of Management annual meeting. A plaque and cash prize of $500 is awarded to the author(s) of the winning paper. The IM Division Program Chair selects a set of 4-5 finalists, and the IM Division Research Committee selects the winning paper through a blind review of these shortlisted papers.

This nomination recognizes their work and makes it one of the best manuscripts, which was submitted for this year’s AOM Meeting in Ana­heim (Ca­li­for­ni­a). In their paper “Opening the Black Box: So­ci­al Sup­port and Ex­pa­tria­te So­ci­al Net­works in Low and High Risk Coun­tries” they examine the influence of social networks of expatriates on their job satisfaction. They took Social Network Theory and Social Support Theory to explain how different characteristics of social networks were related to support of expatriated and how this influenced their individual job satisfaction. In contrast to prior research, Bader and Schuster were the first to empirically test this relation and take different aspects of social support into consideration. At the same time the authors included the important aspect of danger due terrorism of the host country. Their research showed differences and high context dependency regarding the different social support functions. Their results pave the way for new future research and directions in management research.

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Renowned for her research: Anne Burmeister’s research in AOM Best Paper Proceedings

Anne Burmeister’s work has been honored: Her article “The In­flu­ence of Mo­ti­va­ti­on, Op­por­tu­ni­ty, Abili­ty, and Ta­cit­ness on Re­pa­tria­te Know­ledge Trans­fer” co-authored by Mila La­za­ro­va (Si­mon Fra­ser Uni­ver­si­ty, Ka­na­da) and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Del­ler (Leuphana University Lüneburg) will be included in the Aca­de­my of Ma­nage­ment (AOM) Best Paper Proceedings. The paper has been handed in at the Aca­de­my of Ma­nage­ment, was rated one of the best conference contributions of this year’s conference in Ana­heim (Ca­li­for­nia), and will now be published in the Best Paper Proceedings of the 2016 AOM Meeting.

The paper copes with the individual and dyadic factors influencing the process of knowledge transfer of repatriates. Based on the Abili­ty-Mo­ti­va­ti­on-Op­por­tu­ni­ty Frame­work from the motivation research literature, the researchers tested how the ability and the motivation of recipients and sharer influence the knowledge transfer. Their work expands current research by a new dyadic perspective, which includes the two perspectives.

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Journal of Global Mobility (JGM) Co-Guest Edited by Benjamin Bader and Tassilo Schuster

Benjamin Bader and Tassilo Schuster are co-guest editing a Special Issue on “Dangerous moves and risky international assignments” in Journal of Global Mobility (JGM) together with Luisa Pinto (University of Porto, Portugal). In their Call for Papers, the editorial team is seeking to attract high quality research on topics related to international assignments in dangerous locations. The Special Issue covers the following topics but is also open for other interesting ideas.

  • Dangerous and extreme settings
  • Dangerous and extreme occupations
  • Danger and risk – individual antecedents
  • Danger and risk – individual outcomes
  • Danger and risk – beyond the individual
  • Danger and risk – organizational policies and practices
  • Danger and risk – the role of the employer

More information and the entire call can be found on the website of Journal of Global Mobility.


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PhD Scholarship Announcement

Currently the Leuphana University of Lüneburg offers a PhD scholarship in the field of International Human Resource Management. The candidate will be writing his or her dissertation on challenges of HRM in the 21st century, the specific topic can be discussed with the supervisor. For more information, please check out the detailed description or visit the homepage of the Leuphana University.

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Progress of our Edited Book

After almost two years of working on different topics on expatriate management, we are happy to announce that the edited book published with Palgrave has made quite some progress. After having received the pre-final versions of all chapters, they are now with the respective commentators from North America. Once they have written their comment, there will be a final internal editing-loop, before the book is ready to be published.

At this point, we would like to express our thank to our commentators who are going to invest a lot of time and effort, to improve this book. As our major goal is to sparkle a transatlantic dialog, we believe that this initial step will be the starting point of many research collaborations, some of them hopefully transatlantic.

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International Journal of Human Resource Management – Special Issue Deadline Upcoming

Two of our network members, Benjamin Bader and Tassilo Schuster, are guest-editing a Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Resource Management together with Michael Dickmann. The Special Issue focuses on managing people in hostile environments and solicits articles dealing with danger and risk as challenges in HRM. The deadline is approaching quickly and the submission system will remain open until January 31, 2016.

For further information, please find the official call visiting

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