Work role and work adjustment in emerging markets

Markus G. Kittler (Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK)
David Rygl (Department of International Business, Erlangen‐Nuremberg University, Nuremberg, Germany)
Alex Mackinnon (Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK)
Katja Wiedemann (Department of International Business, Erlangen‐Nuremberg University, Nuremberg, Germany)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Publication date: 3 May 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze four major aspects of the work role and how they influence the expatriate work adjustment in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Russia.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses a quantitative design. Self‐reported data were collected from 113 German expatriates assigned to the CEE region and Russia.

Findings

The results of the study confirm the hypothesized negative association of work adjustment with role conflict and support a positive association with role clarity. Positive relationships of work adjustment with role flexibility and negative relationships with role novelty are not supported.

Originality/value

The empirical results partially confirm but also challenge the established connection of work role and work adjustment in a less well understood geographical context and provide relevant material for the business practitioner with implications for future research.

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Citation

Kittler, M., Rygl, D., Mackinnon, A. and Wiedemann, K. (2011), "Work role and work adjustment in emerging markets", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 165-184. https://doi.org/10.1108/13527601111126003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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