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Expatriate performance in terrorism-endangered countries: The role of family and organizational support

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Benjamin Bader



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Expatriates are not only sent to industrialized countries with stable environmental conditions, but also to countries that bear high political, social, and even terrorist risk. Despite its practical relevance, the role of expatriates’ families on assignments in terrorism-endangered countries has not been addressed yet. Integrating expatriate literature and family systems theory we investigate the family-related performance antecedents of 121 expatriate managers assigned to a terrorism-endangered country. We find evidence that safety-related intra-family tension significantly impedes expatriates’ work performance. Perceived organizational support can help to diminish this influence. We discuss our results and conclude with further implications for theory and practice.

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Author(s): Bader B, Berg N, Holtbrügge D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Business Review

Year: 2015

Volume: 24

Issue: 5

Pages: 849-860

Print publication date: 01/10/2015

Online publication date: 03/04/2015

Acceptance date: 09/03/2015

Date deposited: 16/01/2019

ISSN (print): 0969-5931

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6149

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2015.03.005


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