Responsible leadership during international assignments: a novel approach toward expatriation success

Tânia M. G. Marques, Christof Miska, Cátia Fernandes Crespo, Melissa Marques Branco

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Adopting a responsible leadership (RL) lens and drawing on intergroup behavior and social identity theory, we analyze a sample of 111 expatriates using partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM). Our findings indicate that RL enacted by host-country supervisors is positively associated with international assignees’ cross-cultural adjustment and affective well-being at work, in turn leading to better expatriate performance. RL may thus facilitate adjustment and well-being in the host country. We emphasize the support potential when expatriates’ supervisors are guided by a strong values foundation and exhibit stakeholder engagement. In this way, we aim to provide a perspective for studying leadership dynamics in the expatriation context that goes beyond leader-follower dyads within organizations. We believe that expatriation research can benefit from adopting a broader stakeholder view on leadership that considers business-society interrelations and outline some direction that might take.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-285
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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