Expatriates' influence on the affective commitment of host country nationals in China: the moderating effects of individual values and status characteristics

Bader, Anna Katharina, Froese, Fabian Jintae, Achteresch, Andreas and Behrens, Simon (2017) Expatriates' influence on the affective commitment of host country nationals in China: the moderating effects of individual values and status characteristics. European Journal of International Management, 11 (2). pp. 181-200. ISSN 1751-6757

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/EJIM.2017.082532

Abstract

Host country nationals (HCNs) have been identified as an important source for expatriation success. However, empirical research on the effects of expatriates on HCNs is still sparse. Drawing upon social identity theory, our study aims to fill this void by investigating whether having an expatriate supervisor reduces the affective commitment of HCNs and which HCNs are more affected. Survey findings from 188 Chinese white-collar employees working for German multinational enterprises in China provide empirical evidence of the negative effect of expatriate supervisors on HCNs' affective commitment. Moreover, our results indicate that HCNs' individual values (individualism and money orientation) as well as status characteristics (social class and seniority within the firm) moderate the relationship. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: host country nationals; expatriate supervisors; China; expatriates; expats; affective commitment; status characteristics; individual values; social class; Germany; social identity theory; multinational enterprises; MNEs; multinationals; white-collar employees; individualism; money orientation; seniority
Subjects: N600 Human Resource Management
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 17:53
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2019 17:53
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37612

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