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dc.contributor.authorMcPhail, Ruth
dc.contributor.authorMcNulty, Yvonne
dc.contributor.authorHutchings, Kate
dc.description.abstractThe research presented in this paper addresses an important gap in the expatriation literature in examining perceptions of opportunities, barriers and challenges for expatriation of lesbian and gay (LG) expatriates. This is an area that is under-researched despite such individuals representing a growing sector of the global talent pool. Based on an analysis of interviews with 20 LG expatriates, the study draws on social capital theory as a lens for highlighting LG expatriates' unique attributes and networks. The research is significant in suggesting that the expatriates' sexual minority status is viewed as both a disabler and enabler in expatriation. We suggest that there is a corporate ceiling for LG expatriates, and that they experience discrimination and stereotyping, and oftentimes limited organizational and host-country support. Significantly, the findings also extend research in suggesting that LG workers may have more opportunities in global staffing than previously thought and a valuable role in contributing to inclusivity debates and policy development on the global business stage. Furthermore, LG expatriates may be accepted in host countries when homosexuality is deemed legally or socially unacceptable for locals, and legal and financial independence within LG partnerships may provide them with more mobility than their heterosexual counterparts.
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofjournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHuman resources management
dc.titleLesbian and gay expatriation: opportunities, barriers and challenges for global mobility
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorMcPhail, Ruth E.
gro.griffith.authorHutchings, Kate

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