Improving expatriation success : the roles of regulatory focus and burnout

SILBIGER, Avi, BERGER, Ron, BARNES, Bradley and RENWICK, Douglas (2017). Improving expatriation success : the roles of regulatory focus and burnout. British Journal Of Management, 28 (2).

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The study empirically and theoretically contributes to the HRM discipline by developing and testing a cohesive model drawing on the pertinent literature from expatriate management, burnout, and regulatory focus theory. Drawing on data from 233 expatriate managers, the study aims to examine the relationships between expatriate adjustment and the outcomes of job satisfaction and withdrawal cognitions via expatriate burnout. Specifically, the findings reveal that: a) higher levels of both work adjustment and interaction adjustment lead to reduced expatriate burnout, with the former having a greater effect on burnout than the latter; b) burnout serves as a full mediator between work adjustment and withdrawal cognitions, and a partial mediator between work adjustment and job satisfaction; and c) regulatory focus serves to moderate expatriate adjustment – outcome consequences, i.e. promotion-focused (as opposed to prevention-focused) expatriates demonstrate a stronger burnout – job satisfaction relationship. Several implications are extracted from the study for regulatory theory, burnout and expatriation management practices as well as suggested avenues for future research. Keywords: expatriate, adjustment, burnout, regulatory focus, job satisfaction, quit.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > International Business, Economics, SMEs and Entrepreneurship
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Department of Management
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Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2016 10:26
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 12:07

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