Expatriate return on investment in the Asia Pacific: An empirical study of individual ROI versus corporate ROI

Yvonne Maria McNulty, Helen Louise De Cieri, Katherine Hutchings

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The return on investment (ROI) from international assignments is a crucial aspect of expatriate management. The literature has taken a mostly organizational perspective of this important phenomenon, with little attention to the individual ROI expatriates gain when undertaking an assignment. Especially lacking is research on expatriate ROI in the Asia Pacific region. Based on interviews with 31 long-term expatriates in 10 Asian countries, we use psychological contract theory to examine (1) how individual ROI acts as a key driver of corporate ROI and (2) the challenges and opportunities that expatriation in the Asia Pacific presents to individuals and organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209 - 221
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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