To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

What determines expatriates’ performance while abroad? The role of job embeddedness

Maike Andresen (Department of Social Sciences, Economics, Business Administration, University of Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany)

Journal of Global Mobility

ISSN: 2049-8799

Article publication date: 9 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to empirically examine job embeddedness as antecedent of job performance and organizational citizenship behaviors (OCBs) of expatriates.

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 194 expatriates from 39 nationalities were recruited through various expatriate organizations, which provided expatriate groups they had access to with a link to the online survey in English. To test the hypotheses, the author used bivariate analyses and multivariate regressions were calculated to control for alternative explanations.

Findings

As hypothesized, community embeddedness was positively related to job performance and both organizational embeddedness and community embeddedness were positively related to OCBs. Moreover, community embeddedness and organizational embeddedness showed to be positively related. In addition, organizational embeddedness partially mediated the positive relationship between community embeddedness and job performance for organizational expatriates (moderated mediation) as well as the positive relationship between community embeddedness and OCBs.

Originality/value

This is one of the first study to address the differential effects of organizational and community embeddedness on job performance in an expatriation context.

Keywords

Citation

Andresen, M. (2015), "What determines expatriates’ performance while abroad? The role of job embeddedness", Journal of Global Mobility, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 62-82. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGM-06-2014-0015

Publisher

:

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited