Great expectations? Female expatriates’ perceptions of organisational performance and development reviews in supporting access to international assignments

Shortland, Susan and Perkins, Stephen J. (2019) Great expectations? Female expatriates’ perceptions of organisational performance and development reviews in supporting access to international assignments. Career Development International, 24 (2). pp. 110-126. ISSN 1362-0436

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Abstract / Description

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of organisational performance and development review policy and practice on women’s access to international careers via long-term expatriate assignments in the oil and gas industry, with a specific focus on women’s perceptions of procedural justice.

Design/methodology/approach
A qualitative cross-sectional case study research design is used to analyse performance and development review, and international assignment policies in two firms, together with in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 14 Human Resource policy custodians and 21 female long-term current assignees.

Findings
Women assignees do not see performance and development reviews as effective mechanisms to access expatriate roles. Nonetheless, women use these procedures while also operating within senior male networks to signal their desire to expatriate.

Research limitations/implications
This study identifies differences between organisational policy objectives and policy implementation, and female assignees’ experiences and expectations of accessing expatriate roles. Women’s perceptions of organisational justice are not harmed because women place more emphasis on process and conversations than on policy. Research propositions are suggested extending organisational justice theory.

Practical implications
Clear articulation of performance and development review processes aids organisational succession planning. Formalised, transparent expatriate career management supports women’s access to expatriation. The roles of key personnel in determining access to expatriate career paths require clarification.

Originality/value
This paper extends our knowledge of women’s organisationally assigned expatriate careers and perceptions of procedural justice. Women use performance and development reviews to access expatriate opportunities. Employer action aligned to policy intent could help increase female expatriate participation.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender, Women, Careers, Expatriates, Organizational justice, Performance and development reviews
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
600 Technology > 650 Management & auxiliary services
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 14:41
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 14:41
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/4784

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