Relationship between social support and repatriation intention of expatriates in international construction projects

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3292-3309
Number of pages18
Journal / PublicationEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Volume30
Issue number8
Online published21 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023

Abstract

Purpose - This paper aims to explore the influence of social support and the repatriation intention of expatriates in international constructions in the postpandemic era of COVID-19. Furthermore, test the mediation effect of team climate and individual resilience in this relationship. Design/methodology/approach - A survey of 347 expatriates in international construction projects was conducted. A cross-level chain mediation model was employed to test the moderating effect of social support and repatriation intention. Then, statistical analysis with a bootstrap sample was used to test the mediation effect of the model. Findings - The empirical results support that team climate, individual resilience and the chain mediating effect of team climate to individual resilience is significant among the influences of social support on repatriation intention. Social support can enhance the team climate of construction expatriates, promoting their resilience to reduce the repatriation intention further. Practical implications - This study provides guidelines for international construction enterprises and managers to decide when and which expatriates should return home and formulate a series of policies to support expatriates and maintain a good team climate. Originality/value - This study contributes to expatriate management literature by establishing the relationship between social support and repatriation intention. It provides a better understanding of how team-level factors impact individual thought. It takes team climate as one of the protective factors affecting individual psychological resilience. Also it takes social support as the antecedents of team atmosphere in case of emergencies.

Research Area(s)

  • Expatriates, Individual resilience, Repatriation intention, Social support, Team climate

Citation Format(s)

Relationship between social support and repatriation intention of expatriates in international construction projects. / Gao, Lili; Luo, Xiaowei; Yang, Weimin et al.
In: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 30, No. 8, 01.09.2023, p. 3292-3309.

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