Quotation Lazarova, Mila, Dimitrova, Mihaela, Dickmann, Michael, Brewster, Chris, Cerdin, Jean-Luc. 2021. Career satisfaction of expatriates in humanitarian inter-governmental organizations. Journal of World Business. 56 (4)




We examine the careers of expatriates in an inter-governmental organization (IGO) who undertake a mix of hardship and non-hardship assignments. Considering the individual, organizational, and broader environmental domains, and using conservation of resources theory, we examine what contributes to such expatriates’ career satisfaction. Based on survey data, we find that career satisfaction is influenced by views of how their assignments fit their overall career and the procedural justice of their organization’s career management system. Since their careers – unlike careers in most multinational corporations (MNC) – are likely to include one or more hardship postings, we also look at whether these hardship postings are associated with lower career satisfaction. Our results provide support for such negative relationships only when IGO expatriates’ career motivations of dedication to cause and challenge-seeking are low. We contribute to a greater understanding of career success and expatriation outside the MNC ‘norm’ and to research on expatriation in extreme contexts.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of World Business
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, VW-C, WH-A
Language English
Title Career satisfaction of expatriates in humanitarian inter-governmental organizations
Volume 56
Number 4
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1090951621000171?via%3Dihub
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2021.101205
Open Access N


Dimitrova, Mihaela (Details)
Brewster, Chris (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
Cerdin, Jean-Luc (ESSEC Business School, France)
Dickmann, Michael (Cranfield University, United Kingdom)
Lazarova, Mila (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
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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