Knowledge sharing behaviour of overqualified repatriates

Jayasingam, Sharmila and Chong, Maggie Mei Kei and Abu Bakar, Raida (2021) Knowledge sharing behaviour of overqualified repatriates. Journal of Global Mobility-the Home of Expatriate Management Research, 9 (4, SI). pp. 543-573. ISSN 2049-8799, DOI

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Purpose Organizations send their employees for international assignments so as to develop their international working experiences, their global knowledge and skills. These employees are then expected to return to their home countries (hereof known as repatriates) to share their newly gained knowledge or skills with their colleagues. This practice would benefit the organization's performance to some extent. Nonetheless, past literature had pointed out that many of such repatriates tend to leave their respective organizations as a result of not being able to fully utilize their newly acquired knowledge and skills, which led them to perceive that they were overqualified. This occurrence could lead to a loss of valuable knowledge for their organization. Aiming to address this issue at hand, the current study focuses on examining of the antecedents that could influence these repatriates' knowledge sharing behaviour. Design/methodology/approach This paper uses a research framework which was developed from three aspects of interest-perceived overqualification, affective commitment and the moderating effect of repatriation support practices on knowledge sharing behaviour of repatriates. Structural model analysis was carried out to assess 152 useable data which were collected from returning corporate repatriates in Malaysia. The SmartPLS 3.0 software was applied. Findings Repatriates with highly perceived overqualifications tend to exhibit low affective commitment. The impact of their perceived overqualification on knowledge sharing behaviour was fully mediated by their affective commitment. Repatriation support practice was found to strengthen the positive relationship between affective commitment and knowledge sharing behaviour. Originality/value The use of the relative deprivation theory showed that the outcome derived from this study could serve as an insight for organizations to understand how those repatriates' perception of overqualification influences their level of affective commitment, and subsequently, the extent to which they share knowledge upon returning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Repatriate; Knowledge sharing behaviour; Perceived overqualification; Affective commitment; Repatriation support practice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Business
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics > Department of Management
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2022 01:36
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2022 01:36

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