Boundary management in a boundaryless world: The impact of life domain boundary management for expatriates’ life domain conflict and enrichment
Article publication date: 13 March 2017
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship of flexible and permeable boundary management with both life domain conflict and life domain enrichment among expatriate workers.
This study utilizes a sample of 199 expatriates working in a higher education context, and analyses survey data with hierarchical regression analysis and cluster analysis.
Relationships between the permeability and the flexibility of life domains, and work-private life conflict, private life-work conflict, and work-private life enrichment were found. However, no significant results were obtained for the relationship between boundary management and private life-work enrichment. Two clusters of boundary management used by expatriates are described.
Due to cross-sectional data, causal influences cannot be determined with confidence.
The findings underscore the need to consider the role-related stakeholders of expatriates, especially in the private life domain. Implications for the support of expatriates based on the boundary management clusters are discussed.
This is the first study analysing boundary management distinguishing between flexibility and permeability in an expatriate context.
Kempen, R., Hattrup, K. and Mueller, K. (2017), "Boundary management in a boundaryless world: The impact of life domain boundary management for expatriates’ life domain conflict and enrichment", Journal of Global Mobility, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 43-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGM-06-2016-0029
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