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Repatriation outcomes affecting corporate ROI: a critical review and future agenda

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Benjamin Bader



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Springer, 2016.

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Traditional corporate expatriate assignments play a crucial role in driving Multinational Corporations’ (MNCs’) business. While expatriate management literature long concentrated on facilitating the employees’ actual stay in the host countries, seminal research in the early 1990s demonstrated that their return home is entailed by crucial challenges as well. Scholarly interest in the topic of repatriation has increased considerably ever since. Over the past three decades, research has addressed a broad array of aspects to be considered upon the return of expatriates. Nevertheless, so far very few MNCs have formal repatriation strategies in place. However, by failing to manage the return of expatriates, firms jeopardize their corporate return on investment (cROI) of expatriation. Many of the repatriation outcomes discussed in existing research can have an effect on cROI.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Breitenmoser A, Bader B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Management Review Quarterly

Year: 2016

Volume: 66

Issue: 3

Pages: 195-234

Print publication date: 01/06/2016

Online publication date: 22/02/2016

Acceptance date: 04/02/2016

Date deposited: 16/01/2019

ISSN (print): 2198-1620

ISSN (electronic): 2198-1639

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s11301-016-0119-6


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