Predicting expatriate job satisfaction: the role of firm internationalization

Meredith Downes (Department of Management and Quantitative Methods, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA)
Anisya S. Thomas (Tradami Inc., San Francisco, California, USA)
Rodger B. Singley (Department of Marketing, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Publication date: 1 February 2002

Abstract

This study is based on the premise that, as organizations gain experience in the international marketplace, the determinants of job satisfaction for expatriate managers will vary. It is hypothesized that significant learning, manifested in firm international experience, will moderate the effects of work/life experience, mentorship, training and environmental benevolence. Findings partially support this theoretical argument and confirm the expectation that the impact of mentoring on satisfaction will lessen over the course of firm internationalization. Further, the impact of training on expatriate satisfaction was more pronounced for highly internationalized firms than for those with limited exposure abroad. Results of the empirical tests are provided, and their implications are discussed.

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Downes, M., Thomas, A. and Singley, R. (2002), "Predicting expatriate job satisfaction: the role of firm internationalization", Career Development International, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 24-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620430210414847

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MCB UP Ltd

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