Author First name, Last name, Institution

Taiba Hussain, Zayed University
Stephen Deery, King's College London

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

International Business Review

Publication Date

2-1-2018

Abstract

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Retaining self-initiated expatriates is a challenge for many organizations. Self-made expatriates tend to be mobile. They are willing to manage their own careers and to take up opportunities to live and work in countries of their own choice. Despite their importance as a source of human capital there are few studies on the work experiences of self-initiated expatriates and on the factors that affect their decisions to stay or leave their jobs. This article examined the effects of both job embeddedness and shocks on the turnover intention of self-initiated expatriates. Drawing on a sample of 204 self-initiated expatriates working in public healthcare organizations in the United Arab Emirates we found that both on-the-job embeddedness and shocks played a key role in predicting turnover intentions. The study also revealed that off-the-job embeddedness moderated the relationship between shock and turnover intentions such that self-initiated expatriates were more likely to consider leaving their organizations when they were firmly embedded in their community. We discuss the practical and theoretical implications of these findings.

ISSN

0969-5931

Publisher

Elsevier Ltd

Volume

27

Issue

1

First Page

281

Last Page

288

Disciplines

Business

Keywords

off-the-job embeddedness, on-the-job embeddedness, Self-initiated expatriates (SIEs), shocks, turnover intention

Scopus ID

85028363576

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Green: A manuscript of this publication is openly available in a repository

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Business Commons

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