Language, Cultural Intelligence, and Inpatriate Turnover Intentions: Leveraging Values in Multinational Corporations through Inpatriates

Fabian Jintae Froese, Kwanghyun Kim, Aileen Eng

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Multinational corporations (MNCs) are increasingly hiring inpatriates into their headquarters (HQ) to disseminate and implement shared organizational values throughout the organization. The purpose of this study is to investigate the antecedents of inpatriates’ turnover intentions, which would be detrimental to the MNCs’ practices of spreading and leveraging organizational values through inpatriates. Based on the survey responses from 148 inpatriates in Korea-based MNCs, we conducted hierarchical moderated linear regression analyses to test our hypotheses. Results showed that greater levels of English use as a common corporate language in the HQ and perceived organizational-level motivational cultural intelligence (MCQ) were negatively related to inpatriate turnover intention. Furthermore, the negative relationships were attenuated by inpatriates’ host country language proficiency and individual-level of MCQ. Findings suggest that through inpatriate assignments, MNCs can implement and leverage their shared values among organizational subsidiaries across different operations. MNCs can retain inpatriates by better implementing a common corporate language and making their organizations more multicultural.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-301
Number of pages19
JournalManagement International Review
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1

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Turnover intention
Language
Cultural intelligence
Multinational corporations
Headquarters
Organizational values
Host country
Korea
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Leverage
Subsidiaries
Organizational level
Shared values
Linear regression
Hypothesis test
Hiring

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  • Strategy and Management

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In: Management International Review, Vol. 56, No. 2, 01.04.2016, p. 283-301.

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