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Implications of Flexpatriates’ Lifestyles on HRM Practices


  • Helene Mayerhofer
  • Barbara Mueller
  • Angelika Schmidt


In this paper we argue that flexpatriates’ needs and goals are not homogeneous and cannot be met simply by providing standard measures to facilitate working in different cultural locations. We review the nature of flexpatriate lifestyle to examine how employees of multinational enterprises located in Austria face a range of issues in their work, personal and family lives. We present four empirically grounded types, Tough Travelers, Enjoyers, Cosmopolitans and Contactors. The types show various facets of flexpatriates’ lifestyles that are essential to understand their significant implications for HR architecture, commitment strategies and HRM practices in order to meet the employees’ needs.

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  • Helene Mayerhofer & Barbara Mueller & Angelika Schmidt, 2010. "Implications of Flexpatriates’ Lifestyles on HRM Practices," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 21(2), pages 155-173.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2010_2_mayerhofer

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    flexpatriates; HRM practices; lifestyles; qualitative type-construction;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation


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