Picking a low hanging fruit: Informing self-initiated expatriates in the healthcare sector before and after their arrival

Marian van Bakel, Torben Andersen

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    Self-initiated expatriates are an important yet neglected talent pool in the healthcare sector. Organisations need to invest in attracting and retaining these valuable employees, even without having large budgets. We examined the impact of perceived adequacy of information before and after arrival on the adjustment, perceived organisational support, affective commitment and engagement of self-initiated expatriates. Forty-six newly employed international employees at a hospital in the Netherlands participated in this study. Results show that informing expatriates adequately before arrival significantly predicts General Adjustment and Perceived Organisational Support, while adequate information after arrival significantly predicts Interaction Adjustment and Affective Commitment. Informing international employees before and after arrival is an easy way for organisations to attract and support their international staff and, thereby invest in retention of these valuable employees.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEURAM 2015 : Uncertainty is a great opportunity
    Number of pages33
    PublisherEuropean Academy of Management
    Publication date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event15th European Academy of Management Conference: Uncertainty is a great opportunity - Warsaw, Poland
    Duration: 17. Jun 201520. Jun 2015
    Conference number: 15


    Conference15th European Academy of Management Conference


    • information
    • expatriate support practices
    • perceived organizational support
    • organizational commitment
    • job engagement
    • expatriate adjustment


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