A Typology of Dual-Career Expatriate (Trailing) Spouses: The ‘R’ Profile

  • Yvonne McNultyEmail author
  • Miriam Moeller


Dual-career expatriation remains a challenge and a top concern for most companies. In a departure from established thinking, we debunk the idea of a universal concept in which there is only one type of dual-career expatriate spouse to conceptualise them as belonging instead to one of four distinct profiles that we term the ‘R’ profile: Ready, Reborn, Resentful and Resigned. The purpose of our typology is to help scholars take a fresh look at the dual-career issue by examining the success factors of expatriate trailing spouses that have sustained a career while living abroad. Our goal is to understand how their career success has been achieved and why some are more successful than others.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.S R Nathan School of Human DevelopmentSingapore University of Social SciencesClementi RoadSingapore
  2. 2.The University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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