A Comprehensive List of Re-entry Books & Articles

A member of our Facebook group asked for re-entry (repatriation/reverse culture shock) book recommendations, so I decided to make a master list! I’ll update this list as I find new re-entry books and articles.

Got something to add? Contact me and I’ll add it to the list below!

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Note: I can’t vouch for any of the books or articles below except for mine. 🙂 Links in this post may be Amazon affiliate links, so if you purchase a book though my link SPS earns a very small commission. 

Re-entry Books

Re-entry Relaunch Roadmap creative workbook by yours truly (had to start with this one!)

The Art of Coming Home by Craig Storti (this is a classic)

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges (this one isn’t specially about re-entry but it always comes highly recommended)

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes (also not specially about re-entry but came highly recommended)

Reverse Culture Shock by H.E. Rybel

Burn Up or Splash Down  by Marion Knell

SoKoDiaries: Reverse Culture Shock by Nailah Harvey

Sheep Under The Sea – Reverse Culture Shock Written from an Airplane Tray Table. by Liv Jones

Returning Well: Your Guide to Thriving Back “Home” After Serving Cross-Culturally by Melissa Chaplin

Homeward Bound: A Spouse’s Guide to Repatriation by Robin Pascoe

Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service by Amy Young 

Reverse Culture Shock by StudentsAbroad.com

Re-entry Articles

Thanks to Janet Botcherby, who is writing her Master’s thesis on re-entry, for the following literature review and articles.


Adler, N. J. (1981). Re-entry: Managing cross-cultural transitions. Group and Organisational Studies, 6(3), 341–356.

Adler, N. J., & Bartholomew, S. (1992). Managing globally competent people. Academy of Management Executive, 6(3), 52–65.

Anderson, B. A. (2001). Expatriate management: An Australian tri-sector comparative study. Thunderbird International Business Review, 43(1), 33–52.

Arthur, N. (2003). Preparing international students for the re-entry transition. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 37(3), 173–185.

Arthur, M.B. and Rousseau, D. (1996), “A new career lexicon for the 21st century”, Academy of Management Executive, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 28-39.

Bartlett, C.A. and Ghoshal, S. (1998) Managing Across Borders: The Transnational Solution, 2nd edn, Harvard Business School Press: Boston.

Baughn, C. (1995). Personal and organizational factors associated with effective repatriation. In J. Selmer (Ed.), Expatriate management: New ideas for international business (pp. 215– 230). Westport: Quorum Books.

Black, J. S., & Gregersen, H. B. (1991). When Yankee comes home: Factors related to expatriate and spouse repatriation adjustment. Journal of International Business Studies, 22(4), 671–694.

Black, J. S. (1992). Coming home: The relationship of expatriate expectations with repatriation adjustment and job performance. Human Relations, 45(2), 177–192.

Black, J. S., Gregersen, H. B., & Mendenhall, M. E. (1992a). Toward a theoretical framework of repatriation adjustment. Journal of International Business Studies, 16(4), 737– 760.

Black, J. S., Gregersen, H. B., & Mendenhall, M. E. (1992b). Global assignments. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Bonache, J., & Brewster, C. (2001). Knowledge transfer and the management of expatriation. Thunderbird International Business Review, 43(1), 145–168.

Bridges, w. (1991) Managing Transitions: Making the most of Change. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley.

Caligiuri, P., & Lazarova, M. B. (2001). Strategic repatriation policies to enhance global leadership development. In M. E. Mendenhall, T. M. Ku ̈ hlman, & G. K. Stahl (Eds.), Developing global business leaders: Policies, processes, and innovations (pp. 243–256). Westport, CT: Quorum Books.

Campbell, J. (1968) The Hero with a Thousand Faces, New York: Bollingen Foundation. Chamove, A. S., & Soeterik, S. M. (2006). Grief in returning sojourners. Journal of Social Sciences, 13(3), 215–220.

Cox, B. J. (2004). The role of communication, technology, and cultural identity in repatriation adjustment. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 28(3–4), 201–219.
 DeFillipi, R. and Arthur, M. (1994), “The boundaryless career: a competency-based perspective”, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Vol. 15, pp. 307-24.

N. Doherty, C. Brewster, V. Suutari and M. Dickmann (2008) Repatriation: The end or the middle? in M. Dickmann, C. Brewster and P. Sparrow, (2008) International Human Resource Management A European perspective (2008) Second edition, Edited by Routledge New York & London

Egan, G. (1988) Change Agent Skills B, University Associates
Forster, N. (1994). The forgotten employees? The experiences of expatriate staff returning to 
the UK. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 5(2), 405–425.

Furukawa, T. (1997). Sojourner readjustment: Mental health of international students after one year’s foreign sojourn and its psychosocial correlates. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 185(4), 263–268.

Furuya, M., Stevens, M. J., Oddou, G., Bird, A., & Mendenhall, M. E. (2007). The effects of HR policies and repatriate self-adjustment on global competency transfer. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 45(1), 6–23.

Gregersen, H. B., & Black, S. J. (1992). Antecedents to commitment to a parent company and a foreign operation. The Academy of Management Journal, 35(1), 65–90.

Gregersen, H. B., & Black, S. J. (1996). Multiple commitments upon repatriation: The Japanese experience. Journal of Management, 22(2), 209–229.

Gregersen, H. B., & Stroh, J. K. (1997). Coming home to the arctic cold: Antecedents to Finnish expatriate and spouse repatriation adjustment. Personnel Psychology, 50(3), 635–654.

Gomez-Mejı ́a, L., & Balkin, D. B. (1987). The determinants of managerial satisfaction with the expatriation & repatriation process. Journal of Management Development, 6(1), 7-17.

Gudykunst, W.B. (2005)An Anxiety/Uncertainty Management (AUM) Theorfy of effective Communication: Making the Mesh of the Net Finer: In Gundykunst (Ed) Theorizing about Intercultural Communication: Chap.13, 281-322. Thousand Oaks CA Sage

Gullahorn, J. T., & Gullahorn, J. E. (1963). An extension of the U-curve hypothesis. Journal of Social Issues, 19(3), 33–47.

Hall, D.T. (1996), “Protean careers of the 21st century” Academy of Management Executive, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 8-16.

Hammer, M. R., Hart, W., & Rogan, R. (1998). Can you go home again? An analysis of the repatriation of corporate managers and spouses. Management International Review, 38(1), 67–86.

Haslberger, A., Brewster C., Hippler, T. (2015) Managing Performance Abroad: A new model for understanding expatriate adjustment. Routledge. New York & London

Hayes, J. (2014) The Theory and Practice of Change Management (4th Edition) Palgrave Macmillan

Hopson, B., Hayes, J., and Adams, J. (1976) Transitions: Understanding and Managing Personal Change. London: Martin Robertson

Jokinen, T., Brewster, C., and Suutari, V. (2008) Career capital during international work experiences: contrasting self-initiated expatriate experiences and assigned expatriation. The International Journal of Human Resources Management Vol. 19, No.6 June 2008, 979-998

Jokinen, T. (2010) Development of Career Capital through International Assignments and its transferability to new contexts. Thunderbird International Business Review Vol. 52. No4

Kraimer, M. and Shaffer, M. (2004) ‘Examining repatriation success from a careers perspective’, Paper presented at the 64th Annual Academy of Management Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Kraimer, M. L., Shaffer, M. A., & Bolino, M. C. (2009). The influence of expatriate and repatriate experiences on career advancement and repatriate retention. Human Resource Management, 48(1), 27–47.

Leiba-O’Sullivan, S. (2002) ‘The protean approach to managing repatriation transitions’, International Journal of Manpower 23(7): 597-616.

Lazarova, M., & Caligiuri, P. (2001). Retaining repatriates: The role of organization support practices. Journal of World Business, 36(4), 389–401.

Lazarova, M., & Caligiuri, P. (2004). Repatriation and knowledge management. In A. W. Harzing & J. Ruysseveldt (Eds.), International human resource management (pp. 333–356). London: Sage.

Lazarova, M. B., & Cerdin, J. L. (2007). Revisiting repatriation concerns: Organizational support versus career and contextual influences. Journal of International Business Studies, 38(3), 404–429.

Lester, Joan Cost. (2000). Strangers in their own land: Culture loss, disenfranchised grief, and reentry adjustment. (Ph.D.), Antioch New England Graduate School, Keene, NH.

Linehan, M., & Scullion, H. (2002). Repatriation of female international managers. International Journal of Manpower, 23(7), 649–658.

Lysgaard, S. (1955). Adjustment in a foreign society: Norwegian Fulbright grantees visiting the United States. International Social Science Bulletin, 7, 45–51.

Martin, J. N. (1984). The intercultural reentry: Conceptualization and directions for future research. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 8(2), 115–134.

Martin, J. N., & Harrell, T. (1996). Reentry training for intercultural sojourners. In D. Landis & R. S. Bhagat (Eds.), Handbook of intercultural training. (pp. 307–326). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Martin, J. N., & Harrell, T. (2004). Intercultural reentry of students and professionals: Theory and practice. In D. Landis, J. M. Bennett, & M. J. Bennett (Eds.), Handbook of intercultural training (pp. 309–336). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Maslow, A. H. (1943). A theory of human motivation. Psychological review50(4), 370 McClelland, D. (2003) ‘Power is the great motivator’, in Harvard Business Review on

Motivating People, Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press
McDonald, G. M. (1993). ET go home? The successful management of expatriate transfers.

Journal of Managerial Psychology, 8(2), 18–30.
Nelson, J. (2005). The benefits of a formal repatriation program for the organization and the expatriate. Employee Benefit News, 19(14), 20.

Oberg, K. (1960). Culture shock: Adjustment to new cultural environment. Practical Anthropologist, 7, 177–182.

Onwumechili, C., Nwosu, P., Jackson, R. L., & James-Hughes, J. (2003). In the deep valley with mountains to climb: Exploring identity and multiple reacculturation. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 27(1), 41–62.

Osland, Joyce S. (2000). The journey inward: Expatriate hero tales and paradoxes. Human Resource Management, 39(2&3), 227-238.

Paik, Y., Segaud, B., & Malinowski, C. (2002). How to improve repatriation management: Are motivations and expectations congruent between the company and expatriates? International Journal of Manpower, 23(7), 635–648.

Pusch, M. D. (1998). In D. Lynch, A. Pilbeam, & P. O’Connor (Eds.), Going home: Styles of reentry. Heritage and Progress, proceedings from SIETAR-Europa conference.

Riusala, K., & Suutari, V. (2000). Expatriation and careers: Perspectives of expatriates and spouses. Career Development International, 5(2), 81–90.

Rogers, J., & Ward, C. (1993). Expectation-experience discrepancies and psychological adjustment during cross-cultural reentry. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 17(2), 185–196.

Sahin, N. H. (1990). Re-entry and the academic and psychological problems of the second generation. Psychology and Developing Societies, 2(2), 165–182.

Sa ́ nchez Vidal, M. E., Sanz Valle, R., Barba Arago ́ n, M. I., & Brewster, C. (2007). Repatriation adjustment process of business employees: evidence from Spanish workers. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 31(3), 317–337.

Schutz, A. (1945). The homecomer. American Journal of Sociology, 50(4), 363–376.

Selby, Susan. (2011). Back Home: Distress in re-entering cross-cultural missionary workers and the development of a theoretical framework for clinical management. (Ph.D.), University of Adelaide.

Selby, Susan; Jones, Alison; Clark, Sheila Elizabeth; Burgess, Teresa Agatha; Beilby, Justin John. (2005). Re-entry adjustment of cross cultural workers. Australian Family Physician 34(10), 863-864.

Stevens, M. J., Oddou, G., Furuya, N., Bird, A., & Mendenhall, M. (2006). HR factors affecting repatriate job satisfaction and job attachment for Japanese manage. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 17(5), 831–841.

Stroh, L. (1995). Predicting turnover among repatriates: Can organizations affect retention rates? International Journal of Human Resource Management, 6(2), 443– 457.

Sussman, N. M. (2001). Repatriation transitions: Psychological preparedness, cultural identity, and attributions among American managers. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 25(2), 109–123.

Suutari, V., & Brewster, C. (2003). Repatriation: Empirical evidence from a longitudinal study of careers and expectations among Finnish expatriates. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 14(7), 1132–1151.

Szkudlarek, B. (2008). Spinning the Web of Reentry. (Re)connecting reentry training theory and practice. (Doctoral dissertation, Erasmus Research Institute of Management, Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University, 2008). Retrieved from: http://publishing.eur.nl/ir/repub/asset/13695/EPS2008143ORG9058921772Szkudlarek.pdf.

B., Szkudlarek (2010) Reentry—A review of the literature. International Journal of Intercultural Relations 34 (2010) 1–21

Tung, R. L. (1998). American expatriates abroad: From Neophytes to Cosmopolitans. Journal of World Business, 33(2), 125–144.

Ward, C., Bochner, S., & Furnham, A. (2001). The psychology of culture shock. East Sussex,

Great Britain: Routledge.
Weick, K. (1996), “Enactment and the boundaryless career: organizing as we work”, in

Arthur, M. and Rousseau, D. (Eds), The Boundaryless Career, Oxford University Press, NY. Westwood, R. I., & Leung, S. M. (1994). The female expatriate experience: Coping with gender and culture. International Studies of Management and Organization, 24(3), 64–74. 

About the Author: Cate Brubaker

Founder of SPS, Cate is the author of the Re-Entry Relaunch Roadmap workbook and leads Relaunch Mastermind groups that help expats and travelers find their next global adventure. Cate is a former expat, current part-time nomad, and loves exploring the world through its delicious sweet treats.

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