Dangerous moves and risky international assignments

Dangerous moves and risky international assignments

The articles in this special issue are from different conceptual and methodological backgrounds and cover a broad variety of sub-topics in international mobility with regard to working abroad in dangerous and risky locations and occupations. They are grounded in a variety of theoretical frameworks, such as intelligent careers perceptive, expectancy value theory, transactional model of coping, social identity theory, cultural adjustment model, and compliance with social norms. Methodologically, the studies adopted both qualitative and quantitative approaches, though unsurprisingly, qualitative approaches dominate given the specific research questions addressed and the early stage of development of the field. The samples range from business expatriates living in safe countries to those working in particularly dangerous locations, such as Kenya and South Africa, and expatriates working in host countries of high terrorist threat or pervasive corruption. Apart from business expatriates, the samples cover non-profit organization employees displaced in hostile environments as well. This diversity seeks to expand our existing knowledge of the multiple forms of danger and risk.

“I might be shot at!” Exploring the drivers to work in hostile environments using an intelligent careers perspective, Dangerous settings and risky international assignments, For sensation’s sake: differences in female and male expatriates’ relocation willingness to dangerous countries based on sensation seeking, Host country language skills and expatriates’ cross-cultural adjustment in the presence of fear of terror, How do you fear? Examining expatriates' perception of danger and its consequences, How expatriates work in dangerous environments of pervasive corruption

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