Antecedents and Outcomes Associated With a Sense of Place toward the Organization of Myanmar Migrant Workers in Thailand

Authors

ดร.ทิพย์นุช พึ่งสุนทร, รศ.ดร.พีรยุทธ เจริญสุขมงคล

Published

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal

Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to examine some of the antecedents and outcomes associated with a sense of place (SOP) on the part of Myanmar migrant workers working in Thailand toward their place of work. The transformational leadership of top management and diversity climate were selected as the antecedent variables, whereas turnover intention was selected as the outcome variable. Belongingness theory and social identity theory were used as the theoretical foundation to support the roles of these variables.
Design/methodology/approach
Survey data were collected from Myanmar migrant workers working at two factories in Thailand (n=736). Partial least squares regression was used for the data analysis.
Findings
The results support a negative linkage between SOP and turnover intention. The positive contribution of transformational leadership of top management and diversity climate to SOP was also supported. Moreover, diversity climate was found to partially mediate the positive contribution of transformational leadership of top management to SOP. Finally, the analysis found that the linkage between diversity climate and SOP was positively moderated by the length of stay of the Myanmar migrant workers in the organization.
Originality/value
This study provides new evidence showing that SOP also matters for foreign migrant workers in terms of developing emotional attachment to the workplace outside their home country and that these workers were less likely to leave the workplace although they were a culturally minority group in the organization. This research also provides new evidence concerning the role of the transformational leadership of top management and workplace climate, which were antecedents of an SOP toward the organization.

(2562). Antecedents and Outcomes Associated With a Sense of Place toward the Organization of Myanmar Migrant Workers in Thailand. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 2019(2), 195-218.