Le poste occupé au retour d'une expatriation traditionnelle : étude de la construction d'un moment particulier de la carrière

Abstract : Our thesis focuses on understanding how employees find their position when they come back from traditional expatriation. In this thesis, we propose to consider this position as a moment in a career. The management science literature regarding careers typically proposes two opposite models: the organizational career and the new careers. In line with authors who seek to overcome this opposition, we analyze the combined influence of the organization and the expatriate in shaping this moment of career. To do that, we use Barley's theory of career scripts (1989). Relying on sixty-five interviews and the study of secondary data, this thesis shows that multinational companies encode four organizational expatriate career scripts. Each of these scripts offers a specific combination of resources, interpretive schemes and norms which, on the one hand, informs about the articulation made by organization between expatriation and career and on the other hand, impacts more or less strongly individual action. Our thesis also shows that expatriates can influence their organization through the enactment of their script. Finally, our thesis questions the myth of the Generic Expatriate, includes the item of the position found after repatriation in the career literature and shows how expatriates' behaviour is influenced by organizational career scripts but also how, in return, expatriates transform their organization through their behaviour.
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Jérémy Vignal. Le poste occupé au retour d'une expatriation traditionnelle : étude de la construction d'un moment particulier de la carrière. Gestion et management. Aix-Marseille Universite, Faculté d’Economie et de Gestion; LEST UMR 7317, 2016. Français. ⟨tel-01686997⟩

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