Committed expatriates: Psychological contracts of expatriate ccndidates as Cornerstones of idiosyncratic deals

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi Kuukkanen, Tommi 2013-01-24T02:30:21Z 2013-01-24T02:30:21Z 2012
dc.description.abstract AALTO UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS ABSTRACT International Business Master’s Thesis October 23, 2012 Tommi Kuukkanen Committed Expatriates: Psychological Contracts of Expatriate Candidates as Cornerstones of Idiosyncratic Deals Objectives of the study Expatriation is widely used as a global management development tool, despite the challenges in its various stages. Of those expatriates who manage to complete their assignments, many decide to leave their company shortly after return. Previous literature has identified reasons such as deficiencies in expatriate training and support, emergence of boundaryless careers and a poor understanding of the unwritten psychological contracts as the main obstacles to successful developmental expatriation. To answer the drop in commitment the use of idiosyncratic contract arrangements has been proposed and the objective of this study was to determine the key elements of such contracts in the developmental expatriation context. Methodology Four Finnish expatriate candidates were interviewed. Interviews were qualitative and semi-structured. In addition a small survey was conducted measuring the boundaryless career attitude of the interviewees. The interview data was analyzed and contrasted with previous literature. Findings and Conclusions The key phases of expatriation to be included in the negotiations are preparation, work challenge abroad, cultural adjustment, family issues and repatriation. The main goals of the idiosyncratic contract are to build a long-term relationship, foster intrinsic motivation, encourage managerial aspirations and guide post-assignment career advancement. Keywords Expatriation, psychological contract, idiosyncratic deal, organizational commitment, boundaryless career en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Committed expatriates: Psychological contracts of expatriate ccndidates as Cornerstones of idiosyncratic deals en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Department of Management and International Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen ja kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword expatriation
dc.subject.keyword psychological contract
dc.subject.keyword idiosyncratic deal
dc.subject.keyword organizational commitment
dc.subject.keyword boundaryless career
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201301251236
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major International Business en
dc.programme.major Kansainvälinen liiketoiminta fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon kansainväliset yhtiöt
dc.subject.helecon international companies
dc.subject.helecon ulkomailla työskentely
dc.subject.helecon working abroad
dc.subject.helecon psykologia
dc.subject.helecon psychology
dc.subject.helecon sopimukset
dc.subject.helecon contracts
dc.subject.helecon sitoutuminen
dc.subject.helecon commitment
dc.subject.helecon urakehitys
dc.subject.helecon career development
dc.ethesisid 13112 2012-11-30
dc.location P1 I

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