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Joanne Mutter

Doctor of Philosophy, (Human Resource Management)
Study Completed: 2017
Massey Business School


Thesis Title
The Impact of Contemporary Global Mobility on the Family who Stays Behind

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Organisations are increasingly utilising flexible modes of global mobility to meet their international obligations, including frequent international business travel, commuting and short-term assignments. While the nature of the work and the accompanying commitments may differ between the various modes of mobility, the one consistent contextual factor is the family who stays behind. Ms Mutter interviewed the families of international sailors, asking how their home and work lives had been impacted by the global mobility of their parent or partner. Her findings highlight the demands of parenting alone, and the importance of empathetic support and ongoing communication. Development of the Work Family Mobility Framework, as viewed through contemporary global mobility, is the overarching contribution of the thesis. Ms Mutter's research enhances our understanding of the impact of contemporary global mobility, from the perspective of the family, as reported by the family, across each of the modes of mobility.

Associate Professor Kaye Thorn
Dr Margot Edwards