Reverse knowledge flows: How and when do preparation and reintegration facilitate repatriate knowledge transfer?
Keywords: 
Expatriation
Knowledge transfer
Reintegration
Repatriation
Social exchange theory
Generalized exchange
Issue Date: 
17-Feb-2022
Publisher: 
Wiley
ISSN: 
1467-6486
Note: 
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivs License
Citation: 
Peltokorpi, V. (Vesa); Froese, F.J. (Fabian Jintae); Reiche, B.S. (B. Sebastian); et al. "Reverse knowledge flows: How and when do preparation and reintegration facilitate repatriate knowledge transfer?". Journal of Management Studies. , 2022-02-17,
Abstract
This paper applies a generalized exchange perspective to examine how and when reintegration in headquarters (HQ) facilitates repatriate knowledge transfer (RKT). Specifically, we theorize how the preparatory stage for repatriation – when expatriates are still abroad – enhances reintegration in HQ upon repatriation and subsequently RKT via interpersonal and career- related pathways. For the former, we hypothesize that communication frequency with HQ actors before re- entry enhances RKT via reintegration. We also hypothesize that commu-nication frequency with HQ actors before re- entry improves trust in HQ actors, which, in turn, strengthens the positive effect of reintegration on RKT. For the second pathway, we hypothesize that career and repatriate support before re- entry increases RKT via reintegration. We also hypothesize that career and repatriate support before re- entry enhances career satisfaction upon re- entry, which, in turn, strengthens the positive effect of reintegration on RKT. Time- lagged data from 129 assignees and their HQ supervisors support most of our hypotheses.
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