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The Mediating Role of Cultural Intelligence in the Relationship between the Openness to Experience Personality Trait and Job Satisfaction among Expatriates

The Mediating Role of Cultural Intelligence in the Relationship between the Openness to Experience Personality Trait and Job Satisfaction among Expatriates

Daniel Lie, P. Tommy Y. S. Suyasa, Erik Wijaya

Abstract


This  study  has  explored  the  role  of  cultural  intelligence  as  a  mediator  in  the  relationship  between  the  openness  to experience  personality  trait  and  job  satisfaction  among  expatriates.  Expatriates  were  required  to  fill up  online questionnaires to  measure all the three variables.  This study  used a regression and bootstrapping analysis to test the hypothesis in a sample of 265 expatriates. The result indicates that the variance in job satisfaction  accountable to the openness to experience personality trait is fully mediated through cultural intelligence. This findingprovides evidence that possessing cultural intelligence acts as a mechanism in which an open expatriate could feel satisfied with his or her job. Moreover, this study discusses the practical implications especially for multinational companies and suggests some future research directions.


Keywords


cultural intelligence, expatriates, job satisfaction, mediation, openness to experience personality trait

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