Individual and job-related antecedents of a global mindset: An analysis of international business travelers’ characteristics and experiences abroad

Faculty/Professorship: Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour  
Author(s): Andresen, Maike  ; Bergdolt, Franziska
Title of the Journal: The International Journal of Human Resource Management
ISSN: 0958-5192
Publisher Information: London : Routledge
Year of publication: 2019
Issue: 30 (2019), Published online: 05 Apr 2019
Pages: Online-Ressource
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2019.1588349
International organizations face an increasing need for employees, such as international business travelers (IBTs),with a global mindset to successfully conduct business abroad. But we lack knowledge about levers that are conducive to IBTs’ developing a global mindset. We collected quantitative data from 624 mainly German IBTs to measure their global mindset along with theory-driven individual and job-related antecedents. Structural equation modelling revealed that individuals’ personality traits (openness to experience, agreeableness), motivation (work-related travel readiness) and job-related factors (complexity of global roles, contact quality with foreign nationals) were positively related to the IBTs’ level of global mindset. Our study contributes, first, to research on global mindset, by identifying antecedents to its development and, second, to researchon international business travel, by showing how specific features of travel experiences can be managed in order to enhance IBTs’ learning experiences.
Keywords: International business travelers, Global mindset, Personality, Work-related travel readiness, Complexity of global role
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 7. June 2019
Project: Selbst-initiiert Auslandstätige: Karriereerwartungen, -pfade, -erfolge, Beschäftigungsfähigkeit
Global mobility of employees