Quotation Dimitrova, Mihaela, Chia, Sherwin, Shaffer, Margaret, Tay-Lee, Cheryl. 2020. Forgotten travelers: Adjustment and career implications of international business travel for expatriates. Journal of International Management. 26 (1)




In this study, we demonstrate the importance of assessing international business travel in the context of expatriation. Based on the Job Demands-Resources theory, we suggest that engaging in international business travel is beneficial for expatriates when certain conditions are in place and detrimental when they are not. We propose that expatriates who have adequate job resources will reap the benefits of international business travel and achieve better adjustment to living and working in the host country and have greater career satisfaction. Survey results based on a sample of 161 expatriates provide support that engaging in international business travel is positively and indirectly related to expatriates' career satisfaction through expatriate adjustment when job resources are abundant, and it has a negative indirect association when resources are low. We further find that job resources play a role in the relationship between international business travel and career satisfaction primarily when the host-country culture is similar to that of the home country.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of International Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Forgotten travelers: Adjustment and career implications of international business travel for expatriates
Volume 26
Number 1
Year 2020
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S107542531830437X?via%3Dihub
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intman.2019.100707
Open Access N


Dimitrova, Mihaela (Details)
Chia, Sherwin (Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore)
Shaffer, Margaret (University of Oklahoma, United States/USA)
Tay-Lee, Cheryl (Nanyang Business School, Singapore)
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)
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