The evolving field of global mobility: responses to global volatility (2013–2022)

Ridgway, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-4426-6516 and Langinier, H., 2023. The evolving field of global mobility: responses to global volatility (2013–2022). Journal of Global Mobility. ISSN 2049-8799

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Purpose: A decade has passed since Dabic et al. (2015) published a systematic review of the evolution of the expatriate literature from 1970 to 2012. Moreover, the past five years have been turbulent, with many global crises affecting organizational approaches to the global movement of people, particularly expatriate workers. Thus, this article seeks to understand how global mobility has continued to evolve during such turbulence and propose avenues for future research.

Design/methodology/approach: In this study, the authors undertook a constructive replication (Köhler and Cortina, 2021) of the systematic literature review conducted by Dabic et al. (2015), informed by guidelines offered by Donthu et al. (2021) for the period 2013 to 2022. The authors conducted a performance analysis of 1,517 academic articles about expatriates and broader globally mobile workers. Additionally, the authors analyzed all expatriate-related special issues published in the past decade and provide a narrative review of seminal works from the past five years.

Findings:The expatriation field has grown exponentially; greater attention has been paid to contextualizing research, particularly concerning emerging markets, although the field remains Western-dominant. This analysis stresses the increasingly strategic nature of expatriation at a time when global staffing has become dramatically challenging. Thus, this review highlights the need for more interdisciplinarity at different levels between expatriation and the field of strategy. The authors argue the need for a multifaceted understanding of the expatriation experience.

Originality/value: The authors offer a constructive replication of a bibliometric literature review extended by a narrative analysis to complement a critical perspective on a large set of bibliographic data on the broad subject of expatriation. This addition offers an integrated view of the different themes identified by the bibliometric analysis and paves the way for future replication studies to examine how fields evolve.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Global Mobility
Creators: Ridgway, M. and Langinier, H.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 10 May 2023
ISSN: 2049-8799
Rights: Copyright © 2023, Emerald Publishing Limited. Ridgway, M. and Langinier, H. (2023), "The evolving field of global mobility: responses to global volatility (2013–2022)", Journal of Global Mobility, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 18 May 2023 09:29
Last Modified: 18 May 2023 09:29

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