This paper represents research in progress aimed at moving beyond “classic” expatriates to examine the motivation for and outcomes of international work in an inter-governmental organization (IGO). Based on the theoretical foundations of Person-Environment Fit and the boundaryless career perspective, we examine career anchors, career connections and organizational as well as individual outcomes of international work. This research presents results based on a sample of 519 expatriates from an IGO. In terms of international assignment (IA) outcomes, we investigate career satisfaction and job satisfaction. At the organizational level, we assess intention to leave. Key findings include that the most frequent career anchor of IGO expatriates was dedication to a cause, which had a significant positive impact on job and career satisfaction and a significant negative relation on intention to leave. A range of other career anchors as well as measures of commitment and career capital are analyzed with respect to outcomes. The contribution to international mobility theory lies in the presentation of a more nuanced view of IA drivers and outcomes. The contribution to managerial practice includes recommendations in the areas of selection, management and retention of expatriates in IGOs.
CERDIN, J.L. and DICKMAN, M. (2011). Expatriation Success in an Inter-Governmental Organization. In: 2011 AOM Annual Meeting Best Paper Proceedings. Academy of Management.