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Low-status expatriates in the United Arab Emirates: a psychological contract perspective

Haak-Saheem, W., Woodrow, C. and Brewster, C. ORCID: (2023) Low-status expatriates in the United Arab Emirates: a psychological contract perspective. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 34 (6). pp. 1151-1181. ISSN 1466-4399

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2021.1983632


This study examines the psychological contracts held by expatriates with low socioeconomic status. We develop and test a moderated mediation model that examines the direct relationship between organisational support and intention to leave via the mediating role of psychological contract fulfilment. We also examine the moderating role of transactional psychological contracts on this indirect relationship in a sample of 108 low-status expatriates in the United Arab Emirates. Our results validate the assumptions made in psychological contract theory on the direct effect of organisational support and contract fulfilment. However, contrary to our expectations, the findings revealed a positive relationship between contract fulfilment and intention to leave. We discuss the implications of these mixed results for theory and practice.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:100139


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