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A Psychological Contract Perspective of Expatriate Failure

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posted on 2024-06-13, 10:36 authored by H Kumarika Perera, E Yin Teng Chew, I Nielsen
The expatriate literature needs to move beyond maladjustment as a primary reason for expatriate failure. This article draws on the psychological contract as a valuable lens to observe changes in expatriate behavior that may determine expatriate success or failure on international assignments. Prior research on the expatriate psychological contract has focused solely on an expatriate's social exchange relationship with the assigning parent company. This article offers a dual-foci perspective of the expatriate psychological contract and suggests that expatriates’ perceptions of psychological contract breach arise from two sources—the assigning parent company and the receiving host company. The conceptualization of breach with dual foci forms the basis for the proposed model of expatriate failure. The model proposes that differences in expatriates’ contexts will influence their likelihood of perceiving breach and that breach, once perceived, will affect expatriate behavior through its influence on sense-making, affect, conation, and attitudes. The propositions developed in this article provide a foundation for future theorizing and empirical work on expatriate cognitions of psychological contract breach.

History

Journal

Human Resource Management

Volume

56

Pagination

479-499

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0090-4848

eISSN

1099-050X

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2016, Wiley Periodicals, Inc

Issue

3

Publisher

WILEY PERIODICALS, INC