Quotation Reiche, B Sebastian, Dimitrova, Mihaela, Westman, Mina, Chen, Shoshi, Wurtz, Olivier, Lazarova, Mila, Shaffer, Margaret. 2021. Expatriate Work Role Engagement and the Work-Family Interface: A Conditional Crossover and Spillover Perspective. Human Relations.


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How intertwined are expatriates with their families? And what makes some expatriates better than others at leveraging positive or compensating for negative influences from their family life? Drawing on conservation of resources, crossover and spillover theories, we examine when partner family role adjustment influences expatriates’ family experiences, and how and when these experiences translate into expatriate work role engagement. Using data from 105 expatriate–partner dyads at two time points, we establish the key personal resource of general self-efficacy as a boundary condition for crossover and spillover. We find that expatriates with high self-efficacy experience no crossover between partner family role adjustment and expatriate family role adjustment, and positive spillover between their family role engagement and their work role engagement. By contrast, expatriates with low self-efficacy experience strong crossover between partner family role adjustment and expatriate family role adjustment, and negative spillover between their family role engagement and work role engagement. Our results suggest that the way in which the family domain influences expatriate work role engagement depends on general self-efficacy. We contribute to conservation of resources, crossover and spillover theories, and the work–family interface during expatriation. Our results also pinpoint organizational interventions to improve expatriates’ work role engagement.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Human Relations
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Expatriate Work Role Engagement and the Work-Family Interface: A Conditional Crossover and Spillover Perspective
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/00187267211046816
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/00187267211046816
Open Access N

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Dimitrova, Mihaela (Details)
External
Chen, Shoshi (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Lazarova, Mila (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Reiche, B Sebastian (IESE Business School, Spain)
Shaffer, Margaret (University of Oklahoma, United States/USA)
Westman, Mina (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Wurtz, Olivier (University of Vaasa, Finland)
Organization
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)
5517 Organisational psychology (Details)
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