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Accepted paper for AIB 2018 Minneapolis Conference

Research study by Prof. Schuster has been accepted for presentation in a competitive session in Minneapolis.



"How Do Expatriates Respond to Psychological Contract Violations Abroad? The Differential Effects of Parent Company and Subsidiary"


  • Tassilo Schuster, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
  • Anna Katharina Bader, University of Göttingen, Germany
  • Benjamin Bader, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany


While research on psychological contracts and a violation of those has been subject to extensive research in domestic work settings, its role in the context of international assignments is not entirely clear. Especially, there is no empirical research considering the fact that an expatriate may constitute two (independent) psychological contracts, one with the assigning parent company and one with the receiving subsidiary, respectively. Drawing on affective events theory (AET), we investigate psychological contract violations, by parent as well as subsidiary, and determine its respective impact on organizational commitment, including potential spillover effects. Our findings indicate that expatriates clearly differentiate between the sources of violation and that spillover effects hardly exist. Moreover, considering the boundary conditions of psychological contracts and AET, we analyze the moderating role of emotional deprivation, finding that it unfolds its effects only in the parent country context, not regarding the subsidiary.

Keywords: International Assignment; Psychological Contract; Affective Events Theory; Multiple-Agency Perspective