Why do they go? Empirical evidence of employees' motives for seeking or accepting relocation

Thomas Hippler

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Abstract

This study addresses one of the shortcomings apparent in previous research on expatriate job-transfers, namely the lack of exploratory, empirical groundwork into the motives of expatriates to seek or accept international assignments. The relocatee population of a large German MNC was surveyed for their motives to seek or accept their transfer, using an open-response format. Responses were content analysed in order to arrive at an empirically grounded set of motives. The findings provide a very detailed picture of employees' motives to seek or accept international assignments and thus an important interim result that, when used as input in subsequent investigations, promises highly relevant results due to established content validity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1381-1401
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy and Management

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