Repatriation to France and Germany

A Comparative Study Based on Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice

  • Matthias Walther

Part of the mir-Edition book series (MIRED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIX
  2. Matthias Walther
    Pages 1-6
  3. Matthias Walther
    Pages 116-145
  4. Matthias Walther
    Pages 146-263
  5. Matthias Walther
    Pages 264-296
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 297-328

About this book


A significant amount of German and French career agents are involved with international careers. Applying Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice, Matthias Walther compares the repatriation of German and French career agents into the external labor markets of their parent country career fields. A qualitative content analysis of 40 semi-structured interviews shows that the German and French career agents’ career capital and habitus develops during expatriation, which has an important impact on the re-integration into the parent country career field. The Author shows that in an international career mobility context, the rules of the game change compared to the rules in a pure national career context, which challenges the pertinence of national career models in understanding repatriation in a Franco-German context.


  • Intercultural Management
  • Human Resources
  • Franco-German Management
  • International Career Mobility

Target Groups

  • Researchers in the field of Human Resource Management, International Management, Strategic Management
  • Managers and practitioners in International companies involved in Human Resource Management

The Author

Dr. Matthias Walther obtained his PhD in Management as a cotutelle de thèse from the University of Bamberg (D) and the University of Lyon 3 (F).


Bourdieu Careers Intercultural Management Repatriation

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthias Walther
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität BambergBrüsselBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-05699-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-05700-8
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