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Social support abroad: How do self-initiated expatriates gain support through their social networks?

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Social support abroad : How do self-initiated expatriates gain support through their social networks? / Kubovcikova, Annamaria; van Bakel, Marian.

In: International Business Review, Vol. 31, No. 1, 101894, 02.2022.

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Kubovcikova A, van Bakel M. Social support abroad: How do self-initiated expatriates gain support through their social networks? International Business Review. 2022 Feb;31(1):101894. doi: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2021.101894

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Kubovcikova, Annamaria ; van Bakel, Marian. / Social support abroad : How do self-initiated expatriates gain support through their social networks?. In: International Business Review. 2022 ; Vol. 31, No. 1.

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title = "Social support abroad: How do self-initiated expatriates gain support through their social networks?",
abstract = "On arrival, expatriates need to establish new social ties in order to succeed in the host country. In this study, we are investigating the social networks of self-initiated expatriates, focusing on the process of how they source social support. Building on information seeking theory, we have created a model connecting specific characteristics of network members (host country knowledge, employment status and host country origin) with the frequency of contact and support they provide. The model was tested through multilevel mediation analysis on 165 expatriates and their 575 network members. We contribute to the existing knowledge on expatriate networks by a theoretically driven categorization of network members and a detailed empirical analysis on the level of a relationship/tie. Our results show that expatriates rely on different network members for different types of support. Practical implications include the use of mentors to facilitate expatriate access to higher status individuals who can offer important support.",
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