The role of goal orientation during expatriation: a cross-sectional and longitudinal investigation

Mo Wang, Riki Takeuchi

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Using cross-sectional and longitudinal data from expatriates in China, the authors investigated the roles of general, work, and interaction adjustment, as well as work stress, as mediators between the antecedents (learning, proving, and avoiding goal orientations, and perceived organizational support) and expatriate outcome (job performance and premature return intention) relationships. Results indicated that goal orientations toward overseas assignments had differential relationships with expatriate job performance and premature return intention. In addition, it was found that these relationships were partially mediated by expatriate adjustment facets. Implications for expatriate adjustment research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1437-1445
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • expatriate adjustment
  • expatriate performance
  • goal orientation
  • premature return intention

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