Special Issue: Advancing the Field - New Directions for Global Mobility

There is a very extensive body of literature on how global mobility and
international assignments are managed. The bulk of this literature, however,
focuses on traditional expatriates undertaking long-term international
assignments in large corporate global firms. Much less has been written
about non-traditional assignments and the non-traditional assignees that go
on them. Even less has been written about new trends in global mobility,
particularly across non-corporate settings and emerging markets. Hence, what
has been published to date focuses on a very limited number of contexts. We
suggest that much can be learned from exploring new directions in global
mobility to move beyond the terrain of only traditional patterns of

We encourage papers that are provocative in exploring new directions and
emerging patterns of international assignments, expatriation, and global
mobility. Research exploring both/either individual (employee) perspectives
and organizational (employer) strategies are welcome. We encourage papers
that are well-grounded in theory, rigorous in research method, and have
strong practical applicability. We particularly welcome papers with fresh
insights, as well as high quality submissions from doctoral and early career

This special issue encourages submissions on the following themes and
* The context and meaning of expatriation
* International assignment management in different/diverse organizational
contexts (e.g. non-profit,
* military, missionary, foreign service, education)
* Regional expatriation in Asia (e.g. between Asian countries, Asian
expatriates, Asian career
* expatriates) 
* International assignments to and from emerging markets (e.g. inpatriation)
* Non-traditional families (e.g. third-culture kids, single parent families,
blended families, same sex
* partnerships) 
* Male trailing spouses (e.g. organisational support, willingness to go)
* Female expatriates (e.g. single, dual-career issues, barriers, adjustment)
* Expatriate family dynamics (e.g. marital stress)
* New forms of expatriate compensation and implications for international
assignment management
* Self-initiated expatriates
* Returnees (e.g. overseas-educated Chinese/Indian returning to live in
* Benefits versus costs of group international assignments
* Crisis management during international assignments (e.g. terrorism,
natural disasters) 
* International assignment management in hardship locations

* Return-on-investment of global mobility
Papers must be based on original material and must not be under
consideration by any other journal. Papers will be reviewed in accordance
with ISMO guidelines. Submitted papers must follow ISMO style guidelines and
formatting, found at
Preference will be given to papers whose authors¹ are from outside the
United States; a first author from outside the United States with US
co-authors is also acceptable. Questions to the guest editors (in advance of
submission) relating to the relevance of a particular theme to the special
issue topic are welcome!

Manuscripts to be considered for this issue should be submitted
electronically to both co-guest editors:

Dr Yvonne McNulty, Monash University (Australia) ­
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Professor Helen De Cieri, Monash University (Australia) ­
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Deadline for submission: 31 December 2011

Date of Publication: 2013

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