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    You're from where? The influence of distance factors on New Zealand expatriates’ cross-cultural adjustment


    Jenkins, Emma and Mockaitis, Audra (2010) You're from where? The influence of distance factors on New Zealand expatriates’ cross-cultural adjustment. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21 (15). pp. 2694-2715. ISSN 0958-5192

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    Abstract

    This study empirically tests the influence of various distance factors on expatriate crosscultural adjustment. Expatriate perceptions of home and host country differences, objective measures of distance and the accuracy of expatriate evaluations of host country distance were compared as predictors of expatriate adjustment difficulty in the host country. The results revealed that perceived distance, objective cultural distance and the expatriate’s perceptual inaccuracy had a significant effect on expatriate adjustment difficulty for one’s first assignment. However, on subsequent assignments all measures of distance were significant. Adjustment became more difficult as perceptual accuracy improved. The implications of these findings are discussed.This study empirically tests the influence of various distance factors on expatriate crosscultural adjustment. Expatriate perceptions of home and host country differences, objective measures of distance and the accuracy of expatriate evaluations of host country distance were compared as predictors of expatriate adjustment difficulty in the host country. The results revealed that perceived distance, objective cultural distance and the expatriate’s perceptual inaccuracy had a significant effect on expatriate adjustment difficulty for one’s first assignment. However, on subsequent assignments all measures of distance were significant. Adjustment became more difficult as perceptual accuracy improved. The implications of these findings are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: cultural distance; expatriate adjustment; objective distance; perceptual accuracy; psychic distance;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 11207
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2010.528653
    Depositing User: Audra Mockaitis
    Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 16:32
    Journal or Publication Title: The International Journal of Human Resource Management
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
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