Expatriation willingness in Asia: The importance of host-country characteristics and employees' role commitments

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Expatriation willingness is an important predictor for expatriate success. This study examines the direct and moderating effects of host-country characteristics (economic level and language) and employee's role commitments (work and family) on expatriation willingness. The survey results of 151 married Korean employees show that host-country characteristics and occupational role commitment have direct effects on employees' expatriation willingness and that host-country economic level interacts with occupational role commitment. However, unlike prior research that is based in Western countries, we find that marital role commitment has no effect. We also made another noteworthy finding: employees who have children are particularly eager to go abroad. The interpretations of these findings are provided in light of the extant literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3414-3433
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume23
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sep 1

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Personnel
Economics
Host country
Willingness
Employees
Asia
Expatriation
Direct effect
Work and family
Language
Predictors
Moderating effect
Expatriates

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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