The Perceptions of the Impact of Social Capital on Expatriate Work Well-Being in the Resources Sector in Indonesia

Harum Apriyanti, University, My, Kate Hutchings, Ruth McPhail
<span title="2018-05-23">2018</span>
This research explores how social capital is perceived as impacting on expatriate work well-being in the resources sector in Indonesia. Recent research found that work well-being is comprised of cognitive and affective components (e.g., Fisher, 2010). Prior literature has mainly defined job satisfaction as the key aspect of work well-being (e.g., Herzberg, Mausner, & Snyderman, 1959). Yet, from this quantitative extant literature, questions remain with regard to what constitutes and comprises
more &raquo; ... rk well-being as affected by factors internal and external to the organisation. Moreover, there is need for research that examines work well-being amongst employees and sectors that have not been previously examined in the work well-being literature. Thus, the current research involves a qualitative study to explore, identify, and provide an understanding of how social capital is perceived as impacting on expatriate work well-being in the resources sector in Indonesia. This is undertaken through examining the perceptions of expatriates, spouses, and HR managers. Though the resources sector is internationally economically significant and a large employer, it has been suggested that levels of work well-being are relatively low for employees working in the resources sector generally (ACRRMH, 2014). However, consideration has not previously been given to how social capital might impact on work well-being of resources sector expatriate employees who often work in a remote area, which is quite distinct from the workplaces of non-expatriate employees who have been studied in previous work well-being research. In the current research, perceptions of work well-being, and the perceptions of the impact of social capital on it, are also examined with respect to whether they differ across expatriate employees in the resources sector in Indonesia amongst differing organisational ownership (local or multinational corporation) employers as well as by organisational position, age, gender, marital status, nationality, years of expatriat [...]
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