Dear Colleagues,
I have been recently asked by a major publishing company to edit another book on 
talent management – please see the background below:  

There has been a lot of “buzz” about managing expatriates.  When we say 
“expatriates”, we almost always mean people who are sent by their companies 
abroad to fulfill some kind of mission in the host environment.  The labor 
trends, however, show that there are more and more people going abroad by 
themselves to look for jobs in international companies.  Some of these people 
are being “pushed” by their home environment – no jobs at home, hostile 
atmosphere, etc.  These folks are outside of our scope of interest.  Some other 
people are being “pulled” by other countries – looking for better job 
opportunities, seeking challenges, career growth opportunities, etc.  These 
people are referred to as “Self-initiated Expatriates”, and normally, they are 
very well-educated, knowledgeable, skilled, motivated, and highly employable.  
These SIEs have absolutely specific needs, wants, and drives – different from 
those of either domestic employees or regular expatriates.  Therefore, companies 
must develop some special techniques that would help them manage these SIEs and 
ensure that they stay with the company in the long-run.  So, we thought that it 
would be interesting to explore various strategies for managing talent of these 
expatriates and to title the book “Managing Talent of Self-initiated 
Expatriates: A neglected source of the global talent flow” to reflect on our 

At this point, my fellow co-editor Arno Haslberger and I would like to begin 
with some sort of market research and ask those of you working in this area to 
inform me about your possible interest in contributing to our book.  

One-two page chapter proposals will be due on September 1, while the first draft 
of the chapter on January 1, 2012.  

As a preliminary consideration, we are thinking of making this publication 
suitable to both academics involved in teaching, consulting, and executive 
education, and practitioners who want to use talent management techniques 
developed by leading scholars in this area of knowledge. Please feel free to 
share any of your own ideas that you might have in regards to this upcoming 
Looking forward to your replies,
Vlad Vaiman
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Vlad Vaiman, Ph.D.
Professor of International Management
Academic Director, Graduate Programs 
School of Business
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Reykjavik  University
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Executive Editor, EJIM
European Journal of Int´l Management

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