The Role of Goal Orientation During Expatriation: A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Investigation
Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 92, No. 5, pp. 1437-1445, 2007
9 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2009
Date Written: November 20, 2006
Using cross-sectional and longitudinal data from expatriates in China, the authors investigated the roles of general, work, and interaction adjustment, as well as work stress, as mediators between the antecedents (learning, proving, and avoiding goal orientations, and perceived organizational support) and expatriate outcome (job performance and premature return intention) relationships. Results indicated that goal orientations toward overseas assignments had differential relationships with expatriate job performance and premature return intention. In addition, it was found that these relationships were partially mediated by expatriate adjustment facets. Implications for expatriate adjustment research and practice are discussed.
Keywords: goal orientation, expatriate adjustment, expatriate performance, premature return intention
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