Title: Successful female expatriates as agents: positioning oneself through gender, hierarchy and culture
Authors: Janssens, Maddy
Cappellen, Tineke
Zanoni, Patrizia
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: K.U.Leuven
Series Title: DTEW Research Report 0413 pages:1-25
Abstract: While most studies on female expatriates take a structural approach, this study considers female expatriates as active agents, capable of producing successful professional identities when interacting with men. We argue that female expatriates can act as agents through selectively interpreting interactions with male actors and through actively positioning oneself within these interactions. Within these two processes, we examine how they rely on gender, hierarchy and culture as three identity discourses that not only constrain but also enable their actions. Through the analysis of in-depth interviews with successful female expatriates, we found how these women tend to counter their interpreted lower status along one identity discourse by strategically drawing from a more empowering identity and counter their interpreted higher status by reducing distances and softening power relations.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IR
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Organisation Studies, Leuven
Leuven Language Institute (ILT)
Chemistry - miscellaneous

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