Women and international assignments: A systematic literature review exploring textual data by correspondence analysis

TitleWomen and international assignments: A systematic literature review exploring textual data by correspondence analysis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSalamin, X, Hanappi, D
JournalJournal of Global Mobility
Volume2
Issue3
Pagination343-374
Keywordscorrespondence analysis, female expatriates, gender, international assignments, literature review, women
Abstract

Purpose – Research on female expatriates has been substantially growing over the last decades and particularly in more recent years. Complementing previous thematic analyses of the literature, the purpose of this paper is to apply textual statistics and correspondence analysis to reveal the existing semantic structure of the field of research on female expatriates.
Design/methodology/approach – Using correspondence analysis, the authors explored textual data from the abstracts of 151 identified journal articles published in English since 1975. The authors obtained a graphical representation showing the various developmental stages of research on female expatriates.
Findings – The authors found that research follows a home-host country orientation and advances from an organizational focus toward individual-level studies. The authors identified various directions for future research and especially a strong need for more multilevel approaches to study men’s and women’s expatriate experiences and trajectories in various contexts.
Research limitations/implications – Only articles with abstracts entered the analysis, which in turn was dependent on the content and quality of these abstracts. This limitation has been addressed by thoroughly reading each article considered.
Originality/value – This review adopts an original method in research on (female) expatriates and more broadly management research. It enabled the authors to map out the development of key research themes over time. Based on this analysis, gaps in current research could be identified and clear directions for future research were formulated.

DOI10.1108/JGM-09-2013-0058
Refereed DesignationRefereed