Finalization of Papers for Edited Volume

With the end of the year approaching, our network is also about finishing the papers for the edited volume. All papers have been peer-reviewed internally and are now in the final round of revision before they are going to be sent out to the commentators. We are very happy to have ten papers that will be included in the book, which is going to be published in the second half of 2016.

Our goal of sparkling a transatlantic dialog is realized by including brief comments from US and Canadian researchers. Therefore, each chapter is followed by a brief comment authored by scholars from North America, where a short review and assessment of the manuscript from their perspective as well as the respective topic is presented. This is intended to be the basis for a fruitful academic conversation that hopefully goes on in the years to come. Overall, the book is intended to contribute to a new, transcontinental exchange and collaboration between European and North American academics, in order to push forward the field of research on international assignments.

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Meta-Analysis on Expatriate Support

Paul van der Laken, Tilburg University, and his colleagues are gathering primary studies to be included in a meta-analysis on the relationship between work-related support and expatriate outcomes.

In order to do this important research, they appreciate the community’s help in finding (un)published studies. Their outcomes include:

  • Organizational commitment
  • Expatriate performance
  • Turnover/withdrawal (intentions)

Sources of support include:

  • Organizations, both home and host.
  • Support practices, e.g. reward structures, family support
  • Work relations, mentors, coaches, managers, peers, etc.

Any working papers, dissertations/theses, and/or conference presentations that may include relevant data are important for them and Paul and his team kindly ask to email your (un)published work to

Paul and his team thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.

Contact details:

Paul van der Laken
PhD student International Mobility Analytics

Tilburg University
Department of Human Resource Studies
Office: TiU P1.152
Phone: +31 13 466 2313

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Journal of Global Mobility (JGM) is now in SCOPUS

On behalf of Professor Jan Selmer, founding editor and editor-in-chief of of Journal of Global Mobility (JGM), we are happy to announce that the journal is now in Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature – scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.

This is a major advantage for the journal since Scopus, by their own words, “… delivers a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.”

Please find more information about the journal here.

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Third and Final Meeting Held Successfully in Nürnberg

Our Scientific Network on Expatriate Management had its final meeting on July 23 and 24, 2015 in Nürnberg. The meeting was held at the School of Business and Economics of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen Nürnberg.

The two days were structured into five working sessions, in which the drafted papers were shortly presented and then discussed in plenary. The discussion benefited from participation of all attendants and especially from the expertise and highly appreciated comments of our external guests, Prof. John Daniels, PhD, Professor Emeritus of the Samuel N. Friedland Chair at the University of Miami, and Prof. Dr. Dr. Fabian Froese, Chaired Professor of HRM and Asian Business at the University of Göttingen. During the first day, both inspired the network members with their keynote speeches about their academic career and the importance of networking.

On the second day, three remaining extended papers were presented and discussed. Finally, the timeline and next steps concerning the publication of the edited book with Palgrave were presented. The participants are going to use the summer break to incorporate the valuable comments in their manuscripts, before the formal internal review process starts in September.

Here are some visual impressions of the meeting:

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Overview of the Papers Presented in Nürnberg

The meeting in Nürnberg will be kicked-off in a few days and the following papers will be subject to discussion in our working sessions. If you are interested in this work, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us, using the contact form or by Emailing the authors directly.

1) Motivations of Global Careers among Expatriates in German Companies: A Comparison to the Year 2002

2) Traditional, Non-Traditional, or in Between: An Experience-Based Typology of the International Workforce

3) Language Barriers in Different Forms of International Assignments

4) Social Support During International Assignments: Construct Development and Validation

5) The Role of Host Country Nationals‘ Social Support for Expatriate Adjustment – A Multiple Stakeholder Approach

6) The Influence of Cultural Context on Expatriate Adjustment and Performance

7) What do they Expect, and what do we need to Offer? A Classification of Repatriation Strategies from the MNC Perspective

8) Repatriate Knowledge Transfer: A Multilevel Perspective and Future Research Directions

9) Expatriate Managers From Emerging Economies

10) Determinants and Consequences of Expatriate Adjustment: A Review of Concepts and Empirical Studies

11) Expatriate Management on Individual and Organizational Levels: A Conceptual Framework

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Nomination for Emerald Best Symposium Award 2015 @AOM

We are happy to announce that the Symposium “Just Another Type of ‘Country Risk’: International Business in Hostile Environments” organized by our network members Benjamin Bader and Tassilo Schuster has been selected one of the five finalists for the Emerald Best Symposium Award 2015 that will be presented during the AOM 75th Annual Meeting in Vancouver.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the international development of the AOM. It was nominated by the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) division selecting from all accepted proposals by evaluating, among others, collaboration between and among scholars from different countries in design and organization of the symposium, as well as non-traditional topics and methods that are important in other countries’ research traditions.

With the panelists Michael Dickmann (Cranfield University, UK), Jennifer Oetzel (American University, USA), Chang Hoon Oh (Simon Frasier University, Canada), and our network members Benjamin Bader (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany), and Tassilo Schuster (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany), the symposium will benefit from different disciplinary perspectives and thus provide a profound and theoretically grounded approach to an important topic. Panelists will birefly present their points on three country-risk related questions before most of the time will be used for a discussion involving the audience. Finally, it will be evaluated, if business can serve as a means of reducing risk and/or producing positive peace and stability.

The award winner will be announced during the Carolyn Dexter Award receptionon August 9, 2015 in Vancouver.

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Upcoming Meeting in Nürnberg

In a few weeks, we will have our final meeting in Nürnberg. From July 22 to July 24, our network will meet at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg to discuss the progress of our respective work. The Extended Abstracts that were discussed in Vienna now have emerged to full papers in a first draft and are on a very good way to be included in the edited book.

During our meeting, we once again will have support from external guests. This time, Professor John D. Daniels and Professor Fabian J. Froese will join us. John D. Daniels is Professor Emeritus of the Samuel N. Friedland Chair at the University of Miami. He won the Academy of International Business (AIB) annual dissertation competition and has served as AIB President and Dean of its Fellows. John is also former Chair of the International Division of the Academy of Management. He has published thirteen books, of which his co-authored textbook,International Business: Environments and Operations, has been published in its 15th edition by now. His numerous articles were published in leading journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, International Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, and many others.

Fabian J. Froese is Chair of Human Resources Management and Asian Business at the University of Göttingen. He was also invited as visiting research scholar by the Universities of Tokyo and Kobe. Into the bargain, he worked for banks and consultancy firms in Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo, won numerous research awards and is referee for several different international scientific journals. His work has been published in leading international journals, such as Asia Pacific Journal of Management, International Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior and many others.

We are happy to have the opportunity to get first hand insights from such outstanding scholars who will contribute to improving our work and are very much looking forward to the meeting in Nürnberg.


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New Publication in Journal of World Business (JWB) and AOM Best Paper Proceedings

Good news reached us from Kaiserslautern today. Our network member, Matthias Baum, and his co-authors Sui Sui (Ryerson University, Toronto, Kanada) and Horatio M. Morgan (Ryerson University, Toronto, Kanada) recently published an article entitled “Internationalization of Immigrant-Owned SMEs: The Role of Language“ in the Journal of World Business.

Baum and his team argue that immigrant entrepreneurs have become increasingly important to economic development and state that there is substantial debate regarding their enhanced potential to expand their activities across national borders. However, research regarding how immigrant-owned small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engage in internationalization and how entrepreneurs’ native languages might influence such processes remains in its infancy. They draw on a sample of 3077 Canadian SMEs and evaluated the impact of immigrant ownership and the moderating role of native language on companies’ decisions to export to global markets and to the English-speaking regional market. They found that immigrant ownership generally fostered a global orientation, particularly for French and Allophone owners.

The article can be downloaded here.

Moreover, another article of Matthias Baum, entitled “The Influence of Entry Density on the Survivability of SMEs in International Markets”, co-authored by  Sui Sui and Shavin Malhotra, has been elected as one of the best research papers at this year’s Academy of Management Annual meeting in Vancouver and will thus be included in the Best Paper Proceedings. Congratulations!


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Journal of Global Mobility – Call for Papers

As scholars working in the field of expatriate management and globald mobility, we are happy to announce two Call for Papers of the Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research (JGM). The Special Issues announced are, among others, guest-edited by Maike Andresen, Michael Dickman, and Fabian Froese, who are all external guests, advisors, and supporters of our scientific network. The CfPs solicit papers on the following topics, more detailed information can be obtained using the links below.

(1) “Alternative Forms of Global Mobility: Fresh Insights about Frequent Flyers, Short-Term, Rotational and Virtual Assignments, International Business Commuters” is guest-edited by Maike Andresen, Michael Dickmann, Arno Haslberger. Submission deadline: September 15, 2015.

(2) “Expatriates in Context: Expanding Perspectives on the Expatriate Situation” is guest-edited by Fabian Jintae Froese and Soo Min Toh. Submission deadline: November 15, 2015.

Thank you for supporting Professor Selmer and his team with their work on this highly relevant and important journal. Please click here for the official Call for Papers or visit the JGM here.

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DFG Scientific Network Members at International Conferences

As every year, many of our members will attend international conferences all over the world to present their work and discuss ideas with fellow researchers. In case you are interested to learn more about our recent papers and/or get in touch with us personally during one of the conference, please use the following list to see, who is going to present what research where.


GEM&L International Workshop on Management & Language, June 11-12, 2015 in Helsinki

Tenzer, H. & Pudelko, M.: “The Impact of Language Barriers on the Career Perspectives of Foreign Academics in Japanese, Finnish, Spanish and US-American Business Schools

Tenzer, H. & Schuster, T.: “Language Barriers in Different Forms of International Assignments

Association of Japanese Business Studies (AJBS), June 26 – 27, 2015 in Bangalore, India

Hildisch, A. K. & Froese, F. J.: “Gender diversity management in foreign subsidiaries. A comparative study of German and Japan

Academy of International Business (AIB), June 27 – 30, 2015 in Bangalore, India

Breitenmoser, A. & Bader, B.: “Repatriation Outcomes Affecting Corporate ROI: A Critical Assessment and Agenda for Future Research

Hildisch, A. K., Froese, F. J., & Toh, S. M.: “Foreigners welcome? Discrimination and turnover of self-initiated expatriates in Asia

Schuster T. & Bader B.: “Social Networks and Social Support in the Context of International Assignments

Tenzer, H., Pudelko, M., Zellmer-Bruhn, M. & Maloney, M.: “The Impact of Language Barriers on Interaction Processes, Knowledge Exchange and Team Cognition in Multinational Teams

Academy of Management (AOM), August 7 – 11, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada

Breitenmoster, A. & Bader, B.: “Critical Outcomes of Repatriation and Their Effects on Corporate ROI”

Kemper, L. E., Hildisch, A. K., & Froese, F. J.: “Antecedents of perspectives toward diversity: an exploratory study with German top executives

Pudelko, M., Tenzer, H. & Harzing, A.-W.: “Cross-Cultural Management and Language Studies within International Business Research: Past and Present Paradigms and Suggestions for Future Research – Symposium “Revitalizing Crosscultural Management – Advancing Organizations & People in a Global Business World”

Schuster T. & Bader B.: “Social Support During International Assignments: Construct Development and Validation

Tenzer, H. & Pudelko, M.: “Linguistic Constraints for International Academic Careers, Symposium – Know Thyself: Influences on the Careers of Management Academics


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