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Work engagement, affective commitment, and career satisfaction: the mediating role of knowledge sharing in context of SIEs

Anupriya Singh (School of Business, Faculty of Education and Professional Studies, Nipissing University, North Bay, Canada)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Article publication date: 19 January 2022

Issue publication date: 29 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine linkages between work engagement, affective commitment, and career satisfaction, while probing the mediating role of knowledge sharing in context of self-initiated- expatriates (SIEs).

Design/methodology/approach

A mediation model was tested using survey data from 266 SIEs working in US information technology (IT) multinational corporations (MNCs).

Findings

The results revealed significant direct and indirect effects of work engagement on affective commitment and career satisfaction through knowledge sharing.

Research limitations/implications

Although common method bias and validity of measurement were assessed in this study, the survey data were cross-sectional. Rigorous testing of the proposed mediated model through longitudinal design must be undertaken to allow for stronger inferences about causation.

Practical implications

The results suggest that organizations must nurture a knowledge sharing culture to promote knowledge exchange amongst SIEs. This study also underscores the importance of SIEs' work engagement as an enabler of knowledge sharing. Managers have a critical role in creating the right work environment, where SIEs feel engaged in their work and motivated to share knowledge.

Originality/value

This is the first study to examine interlinkages between work engagement, knowledge sharing, affective commitment and career satisfaction in SIEs' context.

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Citation

Singh, A. (2022), "Work engagement, affective commitment, and career satisfaction: the mediating role of knowledge sharing in context of SIEs", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 29 No. 10, pp. 3302-3332. https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-01-2021-0016

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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