University of Essex

Academic Staff

Dr Thomas Hippler

Position in departmentAcademic Offences Officer MMO
Staff positionSenior Lecturer in International Management
RoomEBS 3.19
Office hoursYou can find details of Academic office hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911
  • PhD (University of Limerick)
  • Dipl.-Kfm. (FH) (Fachhochschule Ostfriesland)
  • PGCHET (Queen's University Belfast)
  • Academic MCIPD
  • FHEA
Current research

My research interests are in the area of global mobility management, with my current research activities focusing on international assignments and expatriate adjustment. Questions relating to conceptual and methodological considerations in expatriate adjustment research are at the core of my present work. Other interests relate to the motives for seeking or accepting global mobility opportunities.

Research interests
  • Global Mobility Management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Expatriate Management

I am interested in supervising students looking to undertake PhDs in any of the areas listed above.

Teaching responsibilities
  • BE446 - International Human Resource Management
  • BE474 - International Business Negotiations
  • BE479 - International Human Resource Management


Refereed Journal Articles

  • Hippler, T., Brewster, C., and Haslberger, A. (2015). The elephant in the room: the role of time in expatriate adjustment. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(15): 1920-1935. [].
  • Hippler, T., Caligiuri, P., Johnson, J., and Baytalskaya, N. (2014). The development and validation of a theory-based expatriate adjustment scale. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25(14): 1938-1959. [].
  • Hippler, T., Caligiuri, P. and Johnson, J. (2014). Revisiting the construct of expatriate adjustment: implications for theory and measurement. International Studies of Management and Organization. 44 (3): 8-24. [].
  • Haslberger, A., Brewster, C. and Hippler, T. (2013). The dimensions of expatriate adjustment. Human Resource Management, 52 (3), 333-351. []
  • Hippler, T. (2010). A comparative study of domestic, European and international job-related relocation. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21 (11), 1835-1859. []
  • Hippler, T. (2009). Why do they go? Empirical evidence of employees' motives for seeking or accepting relocation. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20 (6), 1381-1401. []
  • Hippler, T. (2000). European assignments: international or quasi-domestic? Journal of European Industrial Training, 24 (9), 491-504. []
  • Hippler, T. (2000). On-site adjustment support for German expatriates in the Republic of Ireland: an exploratory study. Irish Business and Administrative Research, 21 (2), 15-37.


Book Chapters

  • Haslberger, A., Hippler, T., and Brewster, C. (2015). Another look at family adjustment. Invited chapter in Mäkelä, L. and Suutari, V. (eds), Work and Family Interface in the International Career Context. Cham: Springer, 53-70. []
  • Hippler, T. (2015). Expatriate Adjustment and Performance of International Assignees. Invited chapter in Collings, D., Wood, G. and Caligiuri, P. (eds), Routledge Companion to International Human Resource Management. London: Routledge, 324-347. []
  • Caligiuri, P. and Hippler, T. (2010), Maximizing the success and retention of international assignees. Invited chapter in Lundby, K. and Jolton, J. (eds), Going Global: Practical Applications and Recommendations for HR and OD Professionals in the Global Workplace. [SIOP Professional Practice Series]. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 333-376.
  • Hippler, T. (2006). Another scandal in Bohemia? A look back on how we measure expatriate adjustment. Invited chapter in Morley, M. J., Heraty, N. and Collings, D. J. (eds), New Directions in Expatriate Research. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 64-93.
  • Hippler, T. (2002). Relocation support for German expatriates in the Republic of Ireland: findings and recommendations. Invited chapter in Linehan, M., Morley, M. and Walsh, J. (eds), International Human Resource Management and Expatriate Transfers: Irish Experiences. Dublin: Blackhall Press, 176-211.

Book Review

  • Hippler, T. (2008). Review of Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management. Journal of International Management, 14, 89-92. 

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