The mediating effects of expatriate adjustment and operational capabilityon the success of expatriation

Li-Yueh Lee1, Badri Munir Sukoco2
1Kun Shan University, Taiwan
2Airlangga University, Indonesia
Cite this article:  Lee, L., & Sukoco, B. (2008). The mediating effects of expatriate adjustment and operational capabilityon the success of expatriation. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 36, 1191-1204.

Volume 36 Issue 9 | e1795 | Published: October 2008 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.9.1191

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In this study the mediating effects of expatriates’ operational capability on the success of expatriation were examined. The moderating effects of social support were also tested in this study. Two hundred and twenty-two expatriates of Taiwanese multinational companies (MNCs) participated in the survey. Results reveal that expatriates’ personality has direct effects on perceived adjustment and operational capability. The expatriates’ operational capability was found to be a mediating variable for both expatriates’ personality and adjustment on performance. Moreover, social support moderated the effects of expatriate personality on perceived adjustment, operational capability, and performance. The practical implications as well as academic contributions of the research are presented.

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