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Vol. 21. Issue 1.
Pages 25-35 (January - December 2016)
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Vol. 21. Issue 1.
Pages 25-35 (January - December 2016)
DOI: 10.1016/j.gemrev.2016.12.002
Career aspirations of flexpatriates. A qualitative study
Barbara Demela,b,
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, Wolfgang Mayrhofera
a WU Vienna University of Business and Economics, Department of Management, Vienna, Austria
b Deloitte Consulting GmbH, Vienna, Austria
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Table 1. Integrating career anchor and internal career orientation theories.
Table 2a. Sample description.
Table 2b. Sample description.
Table 3. Comparing core career aspirations of flexpatriates and expatriates.
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This paper analyses the career aspirations of Austrian flexpatriates and expatriates. Conceptually, the article applies a framework using career anchors and internal career orientations. Empirically, we build on a variant of content analysis of 40 semi-structured interviews with 40 Austrian internationally mobile employees working in Eastern and Western European countries. The results show the existence of both traditional and new career aspirations. Most important to our sample are aspirations revolving around Management and Hierarchy, Internationalism and Entrepreneurial Creativity; for flexpatriates we find specifics regarding Freedom, Getting High and a new aspiration referred to as Celebrity; for expatriates particularities concern Balance, Pure Challenge and Skills and Knowledge. Generalizability of our findings is limited due to the interpretative nature of the study, the sample structure, and cross-sectional design.

International careers
Career aspirations
Career anchors
Internal career orientations
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