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Illuminating the work-family interface on international assignments : An exploratory approach

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SCHÜTTER, Heike, Sabine BOERNER, 2013. Illuminating the work-family interface on international assignments : An exploratory approach. In: Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research. 1(1), pp. 46-71. ISSN 2049-8799

@article{Schutter2013Illum-23895, title={Illuminating the work-family interface on international assignments : An exploratory approach}, year={2013}, doi={10.1108/JGM-09-2012-0012}, number={1}, volume={1}, issn={2049-8799}, journal={Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research}, pages={46--71}, author={Schütter, Heike and Boerner, Sabine} }

Schütter, Heike 2013-07-04T06:32:32Z Boerner, Sabine deposit-license eng 2013 Journal of Global Mobility : the home of expatriate management research ; 1 (2013), 1. - S. 46-71 Purpose<br /><br /><br />The purpose of this paper is to explore the perception of the work-family interface in an expatriation context. Furthermore, potential antecedents of work-family enrichment and work-family conflict in the work as well as in the family domain are identified and potential gender differences in perceptions sought.<br /><br /><br /><br />Design/methodology/approach<br /><br /><br />An exploratory approach was adopted. The authors conducted in-depth interviews with 15 expatriates and repatriates that were analysed using content analysis.<br /><br /><br /><br />Findings<br /><br /><br />Work-to-family conflict was perceived as a time-based conflict, whereas family-to-work conflict was perceived as an energy-based conflict. Work-family enrichment (i.e. work-to-family; family-to-work) was perceived as a transfer of skills and mood. Furthermore, at least in an expatriation context, the work-family interface is reflected in more reciprocal influences than are currently presented in existing concepts. In total, four potential antecedents of work-family interaction were identified: social support at work; development opportunities at work; family social support; and family adjustment. Finally, gender differences in the perception of the work-family interface could be revealed.<br /><br /><br /><br />Research limitations/implications<br /><br /><br />First, the interviews were analysed solely by one person; consequently, inter-rater-reliability could not be tested. Second, a direct relationship between each potential antecedent and work-family interaction can only be hypothesized.<br /><br /><br /><br />Practical implications<br /><br /><br />The findings enable companies to implement support strategies that foster a positive interaction between the work and the family domain which, in turn, will enhance expatriation success.<br /><br /><br /><br />Originality/value<br /><br /><br />The study provides one of the first exploratory examinations of the perception of the complete work-family interface in an expatriation context. Furthermore, this is one of the few studies that include female and male international assignees in the sample and therefore can give a balanced perspective of the work-family interface among male and female assignees. Boerner, Sabine Illuminating the work-family interface on international assignments : An exploratory approach Schütter, Heike

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