Successful female expatriates: Factors for success

by Hardwick, Margie W., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 120 pages; 3517091


The purpose of this research project was to identify critical elements key to the success of female expatriates. The problem is there is minimal research investigating what characteristics or elements are required to make a female expatriate successful. Utilizing qualitative interviews to unfold stories of the participants and NVivo 9 to analyze the material, the research identified what the female expatriates perceived as critical factors to their success. The critical factors identified actions by the company or top-level management that were crucial to their success, and determine how support systems increase the success factor. Personal and professional attributes gained throughout life, appropriate mentorship, and communication was identified as key elements to their success as leaders. A Female Expatriate Success Model illustrates the critical elements perceived as keys to the participant's success. The female expatriates in this study attributed their success to self-determination, strong sense of morality and the life lessons learned while young. This research will fill some of the gaps in what is currently known about the success factors for female expatriates and point the way to fruitful lines of additional research.

AdviserJohn Herr
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsCultural resources management; Management; International relations; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3517091

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