Doctoral thesis

Corporate mobility : Impacts on life domains and implications for work-life balance of international business travelers and expatriates


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Thèse de doctorat: Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016

English In my dissertation I aim to explore the impacts of work-related mobility on job, family life and personal well-being of the travelling employees. To do so, three studies have been conducted with the purpose to investigate business travel behavioral patterns and impacts of work-related mobility on various life domains of the three segments, namely frequent corporate business travelers, expatriates and travelling academics, for whom the issues of travel stress and work-life balance are of great relevance. The first study focuses on the analysis of business travel impacts, both positive and negative ones, on the professional and private life of the 'road warriors', investigating the role of frequent work-related journeys in deteriorating work-life balance of the travelling employees. Having analyzed benefits and downsides of frequent business trips I address the possibility to enhance travel experience and improve employees' satisfaction and work productivity by means of providing travelers with the option to get involved into leisure life of visited destinations. The second paper examines factors that determine the degree of psychological success of expatriates and their satisfaction with international assignments overall, analyzing a wide array of variables from job, family and personal life domains. The research addresses the expatriation theme from the side of international assignees, providing implications for HRM departments directed towards improvement of expatriation experience. The last study sheds light on travel behavior of academics, investigating modes of travel and types of work-related trips undertaken by university employees, along with their attitude to travel and the influence of business trips on their work-life balance. The research demonstrates which trip features, work and non-work variables, as well as socio-demographic characteristics do matter when it comes to satisfaction with travel. The results of the afore-mentioned studies are relevant in terms of both theoretical contributions to the under-researched field of business travel, as well as practical implications. Apart from adding to the existing knowledge in the mobility field, the research outcomes demonstrate the necessity to carefully manage manifold aspects of business travel and expatriation in order to improve satisfaction of mobile employees with their trips of shorter or longer duration. In particular, the research sheds some light on work-life balance issues connected with travel, contributing to 'work-private life' conflict elimination and highlighting the crucial role of organizations in solving the existing problems.
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