In the present study, based on the career theory, we have tested hypotheses on a sample of 303 French expatriates, comparing motivation factors to go abroad and career anchors between assigned and self-initiated expatriates. Surprisingly, we found that both assigned expatriates and self-initiated expatriates can be engaged in a boundaryless career in which the pursuit of personal and professional development matters. In terms of career anchors, we found that lifestyle and internationalism are both very important anchors for assigned as well as self-initiated expatriates, although most anchors differ among these groups.
CERDIN, J.L. and LE PARGNEUX, M. (2008). Career Anchors and Motivation: A Comparison Between Self-initiated Expatriates and Organization Assigned Expatriates. In: Proceedings of the EIASM 4th workshop on expatriation. European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM).