Role of domain-specific facets of perceived organizational support during expatriation and implications for performance

Riki Takeuchi, Mo Wang, Sophia V. Marinova, Xin Yao

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In this study, we integrated social exchange theory with a spillover perspective to examine the relationships between two facets of perceived organizational support (POS) among expatriated managers (at Time 1), their work and general adjustment (at Time 2), affective commitment (at Time 2), and job performance (at Time 3). A longitudinal survey sampled 165 expatriate managers in China across three time periods. POS in the current assignment and in off-the-job life were found to interact with each other to predict work and general adjustment. Work and general adjustment were related to higher affective commitment by the expatriate employees, which, in turn, led to better job performance. The theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-634
Number of pages14
JournalOrganization Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Expatriate adjustment
  • Job performance
  • Longitudinal
  • Perceived organizational support

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