Why repatriates resign: interviews with those who left

Dawn Olds, Liza Howe-Walsh

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This research paper is a qualitative exploration of why repatriates resign from their organisation after returning to their home country, through the eyes of repatriates. Based on semi-structured interviews, resignation in part results from underemployment, relative deprivation and unmet expectations. Extending Bowen and Ostroff's (2004) theoretical framework to repatriation our research highlights a weak climate can be created in an organisation when all parts of the organisation are not working synchronously, thus influencing turnover. In particular our research found the lack of consistent communication by HR significantly affected the repatriate’s experience and intention to leave. We found the pull towards boundaryless careers seemed to be a result of going abroad after repatriation. Our research highlights the importance of additional reward motivating continuance of international assignments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-30
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Academic Research in Management
Issue number1
Early online date28 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Company-Initiated Expatriation
  • Global Mobility
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Repatriates
  • Turnover


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