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Happy abroad? : a study into HRM practices for, and work satisfaction of commercial diplomats

Binnenmars, T. (2014) Happy abroad? : a study into HRM practices for, and work satisfaction of commercial diplomats.

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Abstract:The value of commercial diplomacy, and different roles/activities commercial diplomats should perform, has been researched in recent years. However, working as a commercial diplomat comes along with many unique attributes, such as living and in a(n) (unknown)foreign country (with the whole family) for a couple of years, working with new business regimes and institutions, building new networks, working with new colleagues, etc. The negative relationship between work satisfaction and intention to leave has been widely explored, as well as that a low satisfaction has a negative relation with work performances and turnover. If the commercial diplomat would resign, it will involve huge costs, disrupted relationships with locals, and not to mention the negative psychological effects on individual commercial diplomats. This research aims to describe how commercial diplomats perceive certain HRM practices, to what extent commercial diplomats are satisfied with their work and adapted to their host country, and finally, to what extent commercial diplomats can be considered as one group, or whether more nuances need to be made in between groups of commercial diplomats. In total, 48 commercial diplomats have participated in this research. The central research question will be: How do commercial diplomats perceive HRM practices, and how can their work satisfaction and adaption be explained?
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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