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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/approachA mediation model was tested using survey data from 266 SIEs working in US information technology (IT) multinational corporations (MNCs).FindingsThe results revealed significant direct and indirect effects of work engagement on affective commitment and career satisfaction through knowledge sharing.Research limitations/implicationsAlthough 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 implicationsThe 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/valueThis is the first study to examine interlinkages between work engagement, knowledge sharing, affective commitment and career satisfaction in SIEs' context.
Benchmarking: An International Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Nov 29, 2022
Keywords: Work engagement; Knowledge sharing; Affective commitment; Career satisfaction; Self-initiated expatriates
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