1,779 international assignees participated in a study that examined the factors associated with expatriate turnover intentions. The results indicate the importance of differentiating between two types of international assignments: developmental (or learning-driven) and functional (or demand-driven) assignments. Depending on the type of assignment, assignees differ in the factors that push and pull them towards an international assignment, the perceived career advancement opportunities inside and outside the company, and the willingness to quit.
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