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International relocation mobility readiness and its antecedents

International relocation mobility readiness and its antecedents Purpose – International relocation for work reasons implies uncertainty and stress, resulting in high expatriate failure rates. Hence, organizations should consider employee’s international relocation mobility readiness (IRMR) in selection processes. The purpose of this paper is to identify personal as well as social antecedents of IRMR. Design/methodology/approach – Data were gathered by an online survey ( n =273 German employees) and analyzed using SEM. Findings – SEM results indicate that attitudinal (boundaryless mindset), biographical (previous international work experience) and social variables (the perceived social endorsement of international relocation mobility) are positively related to IRMR. The positive relationship between personality variables (uncertainty tolerance, proactive personality) and IRMR is mediated by boundaryless mindset. Research limitations/implications – The sampling method applied limits the generalization of the results. Practical implications – Results can be applied in personnel selection to find employees with a strong IRMR. Thus, expatriate failure rates could be reduced. Originality/value – This is the first study that addressed personal as well as social antecedents of IRMR. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Managerial Psychology Emerald Publishing

International relocation mobility readiness and its antecedents

Journal of Managerial Psychology , Volume 30 (3): 16 – Apr 13, 2015

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0268-3946
DOI
10.1108/JMP-11-2012-0362
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Abstract

Purpose – International relocation for work reasons implies uncertainty and stress, resulting in high expatriate failure rates. Hence, organizations should consider employee’s international relocation mobility readiness (IRMR) in selection processes. The purpose of this paper is to identify personal as well as social antecedents of IRMR. Design/methodology/approach – Data were gathered by an online survey ( n =273 German employees) and analyzed using SEM. Findings – SEM results indicate that attitudinal (boundaryless mindset), biographical (previous international work experience) and social variables (the perceived social endorsement of international relocation mobility) are positively related to IRMR. The positive relationship between personality variables (uncertainty tolerance, proactive personality) and IRMR is mediated by boundaryless mindset. Research limitations/implications – The sampling method applied limits the generalization of the results. Practical implications – Results can be applied in personnel selection to find employees with a strong IRMR. Thus, expatriate failure rates could be reduced. Originality/value – This is the first study that addressed personal as well as social antecedents of IRMR.

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Journal of Managerial PsychologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 13, 2015

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