Retaining repatriates—the role of career derailment upon repatriation and how it can be mitigated

Breitenmoser, Anika and Bader, Katharina (2021) Retaining repatriates—the role of career derailment upon repatriation and how it can be mitigated. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 32 (7). pp. 1509-1536. ISSN 0958-5192

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This study draws on relative deprivation theory to investigate the effect of career derailment upon return from an international assignment on repatriate retention, thereby also considering factors which can mitigate this relationship. The results from a hierarchical linear regression analysis of data from 292 repatriates indicate that career derailment upon repatriation decreases the former expatriates’ intent to stay. However, this effect is weaker when individuals perceived that they had promotion, autonomy and compensation advantages relative to colleagues who lack international assignment experience and when they were provided organizational repatriation support by their assigning organization. With these findings, this work lays the ground for strategies to improve the retention of former expatriates despite restricted career opportunities in the home organization. Thereby, it helps firms to realize the long-term benefits of international assignments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Repatriation, retention, career derailment, relative career advantage, organizational repatriation support, relative deprivation theory
Subjects: N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 08:25
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 16:02

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