International academic careers: personal reflections

Denise M. Jepsen, James J.-M. Sun, Pawan S. Budhwar, Ute-Christine Klehe, Achim Krausert, Sumita Raghuram, Monique Valcour

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University business schools are increasingly adopting an international outlook as they compete for students who are aiming for global careers. A natural consequence of university internationalization is the need to internationalize the academic workforce, resulting in increasing attention on, and recognition for, the academic with international teaching and research experience. Yet the effort and complexity involved in making an international academic transition is often overlooked. Academic institutions' efforts to recruit international academics often outpace their expertise and support in the inpatriation and orientation processes. Academics interested in international mobility may find it difficult to obtain helpful information prior to arrival in the new country and encounter problems in adjusting to their new job and surroundings. This paper presents personal experiences of a select group of academics who have moved between countries. Their reports illustrate differences in teaching loads, language, student behavior, recruitment and career-ladder issues across countries, as well as strategies they have used to adapt to their new surroundings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1309-1326
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number10
Early online date8 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • academic careers
  • business education
  • career mobility
  • inpatriation
  • international academic careers


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