International academic careers: Personal reflections

Denise Mary Jepsen, James Jian Min 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 (US)
Pages (from-to)1309-1326
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial relations
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Business and International Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy and Management


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