Do Comparable Company-Assigned and Self-Initiated Expatriates Exhibit Boundaryless or Traditional Career Orientations? A Case of International Expatriates Drawn from the Saudi Banking Sector.

Saeed T. Alshahrani (1)
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Purpose of the Study: This study aimed to investigate differences in dominant career orientations between SIEs and AEs.

Theoretical framework: Schein’s career anchor model is used to investigate if a comparable sample of SIEs and AEs drawn from the banking sector in Saudi Arabia exhibits traditional and/or boundaryless career orientations.

Design/methodology/approach: Data from 418 expatriates working within the Saudi banking sector is analyzed to understand how the career orientations of SIEs and AEs differ.

Findings: Compared to AEs, SIEs were found to be more oriented to traditional career anchors characterized by technical/functional competence and security/stability.

Research, Practical & Social implications: This study makes an important contribution to existing knowledge on SIE orientations by identifying differences that exist between traditional and boundaryless careers. The findings reveal differences between SIEs and AEs regarding their technical/functional competence, security/stability, lifestyle, and pure challenge career anchors.

Originality/value: This quantitative study reveals factors that impact organizationally and individually managed careers in different directions. Therefore, this study presents a clear distinction between the two career orientations and argues the two can be viewed through the lenses of boundaryless and/or traditional career perspectives.

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