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European female expatriot careers: Critical success factors

Scullion, Hugh and Linehan, Margaret (2001) European female expatriot careers: Critical success factors. Journal of European Industrial Training, 25 (8). pp. 392-418. ISSN 2046-9012

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Abstract

The particular focus of this paper is female expatriates in Europe, which is a relatively under-researched area. A total of 50 senior female expatriate managers were interviewed, representing a wide range of industry and service sectors. The aims of the paper are to highlight a number of critical factors which are necessary for successful female expatriate assignments. The results of the study show that female expatriates are disadvantaged in their careers because of the lack of organizational support which is readily available to their male counterparts. This lack of organizational support, together with the invisible barriers which constitute the glass ceiling, explain the relative scarcity of female expatriate managers.