‘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
Date Written: October 27, 2015
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.
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