1st International Conference on Self-Initiated Expatriation

Greetings from the prestigious Toulouse Business School (EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA accredited), which is hosting the 1st international conference on self-initiated expatriation (28-29 May 2015).

With ca. 50 participants representing institutions as far away as Massey University New Zealand and the key academics in this growing field, the inaugural conference is a huge success.

Self-initiated expatriation is a phenomenon which has been receiving increasing academic attention in international management and international human resource management literature in the past decade. It highlights the fact that most international mobility is self initiated as opposed to sponsored by organizations, and that much research remains to be done in this area, unpacking the motivations, experiences and challenges of this population of internationally mobile workers.  

I presented a paper on Millennial SIEs (self-initiated expatriates), some research I’ve been looking at with Dr Mary Collins from the Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), and supported my PhD student, Mr Edward O Connor in his presentation on the labels used in the area and their connotations. We’ve enjoyed great discussions and conversations about research and future directions, and superb hospitality.

Looking forward to the next gathering on this topic!