International business traveler, is work always on your mind? An investigation of the relationship between sources of social support and satisfaction with work-related international travel: The moderating role of over-commitment

Liisa Makela, Helen Louise De Cieri, Audra Irene Mockaitis

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The present study examines how supervisor support and family support are related to satisfaction with work-related international travel and what is the role of over-commitment, referring to individual s inability to withdraw from work, in those relationships. The study was conducted among 200 Finnish employees in jobs requiring international business travel. A moderated hierarchical regression analysis shows that over-commitment and the support of one s family were directly linked to satisfaction with work-related international travel. People who were over-committed at work experienced more satisfaction with work-related international travel if they received high levels of family support; however, no moderator effect was found for supervisor support. Our findings indicate that interventions aimed at reducing over-commitment and policies and practices that improve the work-life balance of international business travelers would help them to maintain important resources related to their satisfaction with work-related international travel.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWork and Family Interface in the International Career Context
EditorsLiisa Makela, Vesa Suutari
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Pages181 - 195
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783319176468
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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