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Addressing organizational expatriations as personal experiences of identity recomposition
[Expatriação e identidade]
João Vasco Coelho*
Managing and performing work in international settings brought new interaction conditions to both individuals and organizations, and to the way organizations are managed. This paper presents organizational expatriations as specific global work contexts that compose particular conditions for individual action. It is suggested that it is a context that fosters individual and social differentiation, allowing the personalization of ascribed social and organizational roles performance. Using secondary data and repatriation management case study results as reference, the “re-entry shock” is used as empirical reference to illustrate the disjunctive socialization frame that can be composed by contemporary organizational expatriation practices.


Series  OEm Working-Paper 
Number  3
Date  December 2017 
Pages  18
ISSN  2183-5438 (online)
DOI  10.15847/CIESOEMWP032017
keywords  Expatriation, repatriation, international human resources management, identity, experience, disjunctive socialization.
Contents  Expatriation as an organizational practice. A self that goes, a returning self: from organizational expatriation as an experience of identity reconstruction. An empirical case: the difficulty of the moment of repatriation. References.
Cite as  Coelho, João (2017), “Expatriação e identidade: a expatriação organizacional como experiência de recomposição identitária”, OEm Working Papers, 3, Lisboa, Observatório da Emigração, CIES-IUL, ISCTE-IUL. DOI: 10.15847/CIESOEMWP032017


* Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia (CIES-IUL), Lisboa, Portugal

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