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Career satisfaction of expatriates in humanitarian inter-governmental organizations

Lazarova, M., Dickmann, M., Dimitrova, M., Brewster, C. ORCID: and Cerdin, J.-L. (2021) Career satisfaction of expatriates in humanitarian inter-governmental organizations. Journal of World Business, 56 (4). 101205. ISSN 1090-9516

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We examine the careers of expatriates in an inter-governmental organization (IGO) who undertake a mix of hardship and non-hardship assignments. Considering the individual, organizational, and broader environmental domains, and using conservation of resources theory, we examine what contributes to such expatriates’ career satisfaction. Based on survey data, we find that career satisfaction is influenced by views of how their assignments fit their overall career and the procedural justice of their organization’s career management system. Since their careers – unlike careers in most multinational corporations (MNC) – are likely to include one or more hardship postings, we also look at whether these hardship postings are associated with lower career satisfaction. Our results provide support for such negative relationships only when IGO expatriates’ career motivations of dedication to cause and challenge-seeking are low. We contribute to a greater understanding of career success and expatriation outside the MNC ‘norm’ and to research on expatriation in extreme contexts.

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Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:96183


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