Title: Feeling the fit and self-determination? A PLS-SEM approach for self-initiated expatriates' self-determination, person-environment fit and turnover intention

Authors: Shih Yung Chou; Tree Chang; Bo Han

Addresses: Dillard College of Business Administration, Midwestern State University, 3410 Taft Blvd., TX 76308, USA ' Department of Social Work and Service Management, Tatung Institute of Technology, No. 253, Mituo Road, East District, Chiayi City, Taiwan ' Marketing & Business Analytics Department, Texas A&M University - Commerce, 2200 Campbell St., Commerce, TX 75428, USA

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of self-initiated expatriates' perceived person-environment (P-E) fit on their psychological need fulfilment as well as the impact of self-initiated expatriates' perceived psychological need fulfilment on their turnover intentions through the lens of self-determination theory. Utilising an online cross-sectional survey approach, this study tests the proposed hypotheses via the PLS-SEM approach with a sample of 40 self-initiated expatriates in Taiwan. Results illustrate that self-initiated expatriates' person-vocation fit significantly affects their autonomy need fulfilment. Moreover, self-initiated expatriates' person-organisation fit influences their autonomy need fulfilment. Furthermore, self-initiated expatriates' relatedness need fulfilment is predictive of their turnover intention. Limitations and implications are discussed.

Keywords: person-environment fit; self-determination theory; turnover intention; self-initiated expatriates.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2023.128810

European Journal of International Management, 2023 Vol.19 No.3, pp.467 - 489

Received: 24 Sep 2018
Accepted: 11 Mar 2019

Published online: 07 Feb 2023 *

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