n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Dispositional factors and coping as predictors of expatriates' performance and desire to terminate the assignment

Volume 11, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1019-567X



The objective of this study was to assess the relationships between expatriates' personality dispositions and their desire to terminate the overseas assignment as well as with their performance. A cross-sectional survey design was used. The study population consisted of 32 expatriates and their supervisors. Descriptive statistics and effect sizes were used to analyse the data. The NEO-Personality Inventory Revised, Orientation to Life Questionnaire, General Perceived Self-Efficacy Scale, Work Locus of Control Scale, COPE and expatriates' desire to terminate the assignment, and supervisor ratings of expatriates' performance, were administered. The results showed that the 'Big Five' personality dimensions, locus of control and coping, are related to expatriates' performance. Coping was also found to be related to expatriates' desire to terminate the assignment. Implications regarding selection procedures for potential expatriates are discussed.

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