Title: The experiences of female repatriate managers in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) companies

Authors: Rizwan Tahir

Addresses: Department of Business, R.I.T University, P.O. Box 341055, Dubai, UAE

Abstract: The purpose of this benchmark study is to explore the experiences of female repatriate managers of Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) companies through their stories, feelings and reflections of their time spent in their repatriation adjustment process. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study focusing on the perceptions of female expatriate managers in relation to their repatriation phase of the international career move in ANZ companies, where the domestic conditions are very different from the USA, Europe and Japan that have dominated the previous research attention. The results of this study indicate clearly that the overall repatriation process for the female expatriate managers in ANZ companies seems to be rather unsatisfying. It has been found that that enhancing employees' commitment towards their parent companies is a critical first step and this study attempts to show the way for the companies to begin this important process.

Keywords: female expatriates; women expats; expatriate managers; repatriation adjustment; foreign assignments; international HRM; human resource management; Australia; New Zealand; employee commitment; parent companies.

DOI: 10.1504/JGBA.2014.058883

Journal for Global Business Advancement, 2014 Vol.7 No.1, pp.55 - 68

Published online: 27 Jan 2014 *

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