Prof. Dr. Andresen and colleagues publish a new article on the role of self-initiated expatriates’ personal initiative

Personal initiative is an important behavior relevant to future workplaces that will require significant self-reliance. In research on self-initiated expatriates, it is assumed that those who move to another country and a new job show "initiative" and yet it has received insufficient attention in empirical publications. The authors highlight the degree to which personal initiative shown by self-initiated expatriates is context-dependent and conclude that it is untenable to attribute to all self-initiated expatriates a homogeneous work behavior in terms of personal initiative. With reference to the theory of personal initiative, the authors offer suggestions on how personal initiative can be measured. In addition, Prof. Dr. Andresen and colleagues offer a first model that explains how personal initiative can improve the performance, job satisfaction, adaptability and employability of self-initiated expatriates.

The article entitled "What Does it Mean to Be a 'Self-Initiated' Expatriate in Different Contexts? A Conceptual Analysis and Suggestions for Future Research" by Maike Andresen, Marshall Wilson Pattie and Thomas Hippler can be found via the following DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2019.1674359