Title

The influences of cross-cultural adjustment and motivation on self-initiated expatriates' innovative work behavior

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Taiba Hussain, Zayed University
Yi Zhang, Zayed University

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Personnel Review

Publication Date

5-12-2022

Abstract

Purpose - Drawing upon the cross-cultural adjustment (CCA) model and self-determination theory, this study investigated the influence of CCA (work, interactional, and general adjustment) and motivation (autonomous and controlled) on the innovative work behavior of self-initiated expatriates (SIEs). Design/methodology/approach - Multi-source data were collected from 213 SIEs and their supervisors working in the United Arab Emirates to provide an understanding of the role of SIEs' CCA and motivation and their innovative work behavior. Findings - Findings indicated that work, interactional, and general adjustment are positively related to innovative work behavior. Autonomous motivation positively predicts innovative work behavior, while controlled motivation does not. Additionally, autonomous motivation moderated the effects of work adjustment and interactional adjustment on SIEs' innovative work behavior, whereas controlled motivation moderates the effect of general adjustment on SIEs' innovative work behavior. Originality/value - SIEs are regarded as talents that have the skills and valuable knowledge gained from their international experience and can be utilized in organizations to perform innovative work behaviors. However, SIEs face adjustment challenges that may hinder their ability to be innovative. Despite their potential as innovation drivers in organizations, there are few studies on the factors that affect SIEs' innovative behavior. This study contributes to the literature by examining the effects of adjustment and motivation on SIEs' innovative work behavior.

ISSN

0048-3486

Publisher

Emerald

Disciplines

Business

Keywords

Quantitative, Innovative behavior, Self-determination theory, Self-initiated expatriates, Cross-cultural adjustment, Autonomous motivation, Controlled motivation

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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