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Sports Expatriates

Chapter in book
Authors Harald Dolles
Birnir Egilsson
Published in in: Yvonne McNulty and Jan Selmer (eds.): Research Handbook of Expatriates
Pages 350-367
ISBN 978 1 78471 817 6
Publisher Edward Elgar
Place of publication Cheltenham, UK
Publication year 2016
Published at Centre for International Business Studies
Department of Business Administration, Management & Organisation
Pages 350-367
Language en
Keywords Sports, talent, transfer, expatriation, self-initiatied expatriation, global production network, global value chain, global commodity chain, football, handball, basketball
Subject categories Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology), Human Geography, Economic Geography, Economics, Business Administration


Introducing self-initiated expatriation in sports is the purpose of this chapter as it has emerged as a growing phenomenon and subsequently as an important field for research, given its global reach and the amount of human, social and economic capital involved. To proceed we aim to demonstrate further evidence of the global presence of self-initiated expatriation in sports, will argue toward a definition of self-initiated expatriates in sports, and follow by introducing different streams of research by different academic disciplines addressing the phenomenon of athletes going global to advance in their careers. The chapter concludes by emphasizing three areas in which expatriation within sports differs significantly from other industries.

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