‘What is Your Self-Made Expat Story?’ Netnography of Entrepreneurial Re-users of a Popular Semantic

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2016, Forthcoming

18 Pages Posted: 5 May 2015 Last revised: 8 Jan 2016

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Steffen Roth

La Rochelle Business School; University of Turku

Léo‐Paul Dana

Montpellier Business School

Date Written: October 27, 2015

Abstract

The label expatriates is increasingly used by and applied to a growing number of persons who do not fit classical concepts of company-driven expatriation. While relevant research is engaged in establishing interaction with smaller samples of self-initiated expatriates, the present article represents netnography of a larger, international sample of self-designated self-initiated expatriates who, independently of any research intervention, engaged in an online conversation headlined “Self-Made Expats?” on the international expatriates platform internations.com. While key findings from this non- responsive approach to the self-disclosures of an internationally diverse web community of self-made expatriates support certain dimensions of prevailing academic definitions, they also suggest reconsidering the so far disclaimed relevance of entrepreneurialism for the concept of self-initiated expatriation.

Keywords: self-initiated expatriation; self-made expats; entrepreneurialism; netnography; Internations.

Suggested Citation

Roth, Steffen and Dana, Léo‐Paul, ‘What is Your Self-Made Expat Story?’ Netnography of Entrepreneurial Re-users of a Popular Semantic (October 27, 2015). International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2016, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2602285

Steffen Roth (Contact Author)

La Rochelle Business School ( email )

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University of Turku ( email )

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Turku, 20014
Finland

Léo‐Paul Dana

Montpellier Business School ( email )

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Montpellier, 34080
France

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