This article shows how Schein’s career anchors can facilitate our understanding of the individual rationale for choosing to become an expatriate.These anchors and their influence on the decision to expatriate are discussed through examples, and an additional “internationalism” anchor, especially relevant to expatriation, is also introduced. Finally, two recent studies, one comparing self-initiated and assigned expatriates, and the other proposing a model of international assignment success, both relying on career anchors, are discussed.
CERDIN, J.L. (2009). Career Anchors and Expatriation. HRM Review, pp. 12-17.