Could International Volunteers be Considered Ethical Consumers? A cross-discipline approach to understanding motivations of self-initiated expatriates

Palgrave Macmillan
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Talent Management of Self-initiated Expatriates: A neglected source of global talent, 2013, 1, pp. 88 - 116
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Self-initiated expatriation takes many forms and is likely instigated by an equally diverse breadth of motivational roots. In this chapter, we argue that understanding the complex motivations to expatriate may require a cross-disciplinary approach. To demonstrate this, we draw on literature into ethical consumerism as a way to better understand the factors that motivate one group of self-initiating expatriates; international volunteers. By doing so, we develop a framework that identifies four categories of motivations: being perceived as unique (self-orientation), belonging to a community (conformity), wanting something for oneself (hedonism), and achieving something positive for others (self-actualisation). The framework suggests that international volunteers may be more motivated by social factors than current research suggests.
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