Working in the "Global Village": The influence of cultural intelligence on the intention to work abroad

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Firms' international activities require an early identification of potential employees with an intention to work abroad. Based on social cognitive theory the current study examines the influence of prior international exposure and cultural intelligence on the individual intention to work abroad. In particular, we examine the influence of language skills, international experience, and networks abroad on the intention to work abroad through cultural intelligence and the moderating role of cultural distance on this mediated relationship. Utilizing a sample of 518 German business students we show that networks abroad have a direct influence on the intention to work abroad, while cultural intelligence fully mediates the relationship between language skills as well as international experience and the intention to work abroad. Cultural distance moderates this mediation for two of the four cultural intelligence dimensions.
Translated title of the contributionArbeiten im "globalen Dorf": Der Einfluss von kultureller Intelligenz auf die Absicht, im Ausland zu arbeiten
Original languageEnglish
JournalZeitschrift für Personalforschung
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)224-250
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Research areas

  • Science of art - Cultural distance, Cultural intelligence, Intention to work abroad, International exposure, Self expatriation