Network ties of self-initiated expatriates: not all relations with host country nationals are the same

Annamária Kubovcikova, Marian van Bakel

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Resumé

This article explores the immediate network of self-initiated expatriates and how it influences their work information and emotional support. Building on the information seeking theory and the theory of weak and strong ties, we have created a model connecting specific characteristics of the network members with the type and amount of support they provide. The multilevel dataset consisted of 165 expatriates who rated 575 of their network members on the following learned characteristics: host country knowledge, employment status, and host country origin. We have hypothesized that the three learned characteristics of the network members will be connected with the frequency of interaction with the expatriate and thus the level and type of support received from the specific tie. We expected positive correlation between host country knowledge and interaction; however empirical results did not confirm this. Consistent with the existing research in the field, we found out that differences in employment status and host country origin (as opposite to expatriate origin) are significant factors for frequency of interaction. The negative effect of higher employment status is mediated to work information and emotional support; on the other hand, negative effect of host country origin is negatively connected to emotional support only.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2017
StatusUdgivet - 2017
Begivenhed31st Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australien
Varighed: 5. dec. 20178. dec. 2017

Konference

Konference31st Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference
LokationRMIT University
LandAustralien
ByMelbourne
Periode05/12/201708/12/2017

Fingeraftryk

Self-initiated expatriates
Host country
Host country nationals
Emotion
Interaction
Employment status
Expatriates
Factors
Information seeking
Empirical results
Strong ties
Weak ties

Citer dette

Kubovcikova, A., & van Bakel, M. (2017). Network ties of self-initiated expatriates: not all relations with host country nationals are the same. Afhandling præsenteret på 31st Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference, Melbourne, Australien.
Kubovcikova, Annamária ; van Bakel, Marian. / Network ties of self-initiated expatriates: not all relations with host country nationals are the same. Afhandling præsenteret på 31st Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference, Melbourne, Australien.
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2017. Afhandling præsenteret på 31st Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference, Melbourne, Australien.

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaperForskningpeer review

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