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Career satisfaction antecedents of professional accounting returnees in international workplaces: an employee experience perspective

Nga Thi Thuy Ho (University of Economics, Hue University, Hue City, Vietnam)
Hung Trong Hoang (University of Economics, Hue University, Hue City, Vietnam)
Pi-Shen Seet (School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia)
Janice Jones (College of Business, Government and Law, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
Nhat Tan Pham (International University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) (Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Article publication date: 25 October 2021

Issue publication date: 18 July 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the determinants of career satisfaction of professional accounting returnees who have studied and/or worked abroad and then returned to work in different types of international workplaces in their home country.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey of professional accounting returnees in Vietnam was undertaken and multiple regression analysis was applied to test the proposed relationships.

Findings

This study finds that career satisfaction is affected by career fit, career sacrifice, types of international workplaces (domestically headquartered firms versus globally headquartered firms) and cross-cultural work readjustment. Further, cross-cultural work readjustment partially mediates the effect of career fit and career sacrifice on career satisfaction.

Practical implications

The research provides the basis for designing career-related employee experiences to support career satisfaction of professional accounting returnees.

Originality/value

This study integrates dimensions of career embeddedness with cross-cultural work readjustment and employee experiences, which are normally studied separately, in different types of international workplaces. It contributes to the limited research on contributors to well-being in the form of career satisfaction among professional returnees in an emerging economy.

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Acknowledgements

This paper forms part of a special section “Employee Experience and Well-Being in International Workplaces”, guest edited by Wided Batat.

Funding: This research is funded by Vietnam National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) under grant number 502.02-2019.332.

Conflicts of interest/competing interests: We have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Citation

Ho, N.T.T., Hoang, H.T., Seet, P.-S., Jones, J. and Pham, N.T. (2022), "Career satisfaction antecedents of professional accounting returnees in international workplaces: an employee experience perspective", Employee Relations, Vol. 44 No. 5, pp. 1014-1029. https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-06-2021-0258

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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