Political skill and cross-cultural adjustment among self-initiated expatriates: the role of host employer's psychological contract fulfillment

Alexei Koveshnikov, Heidi Wechtler, Miriam Moeller, Cecile Dejoux
2022 Journal of Global Mobility:The Home of Expatriate Management Research  
PurposeUsing social influence theory, this study examines the relationship between self-initiated expatriates' (SIE) political skill, as a measure of their social effectiveness, and cross-cultural adjustment (CCA). It also tests whether the host employer's psychological contract (PC) fulfillment mediates this relationship.Design/methodology/approachPartial least square structural equation modeling (covariance-based SEM) technique is employed to analyze a sample of 209 SIEs.FindingsThe study
more » ... s SIEs' political skill positively and significantly associated with SIEs' work-related adjustment. The relationship with interactional adjustment is only marginally significant. It also finds that SIEs' PC fulfillment mediates the relationship between SIEs' political skill and work-related adjustment. The mediation is marginally significant for the relationship between SIEs' political skill and general living adjustment.Originality/valueThe study adds to the literature on expatriates' skills and CCA by theorizing and testing the hitherto unexplored role of SIEs' political skill in their work and non-work CCA. It also theorizes and examines the host employer's PC fulfillment as a mediating mechanism, through which SIEs' political skill facilitates their CCA. Finally, it advances the literature on political skill by testing the construct's application in the cross-cultural and non-work domain.
doi:10.1108/jgm-12-2021-0100 fatcat:xfnelq34nne63mvycpld6g7ioq