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    Multifaceted effects of host country language proficiency in expatriate cross-cultural adjustments: an interview study in China

    Zhang, Ling Eleanor and Peltokorpi, V. (2014) Multifaceted effects of host country language proficiency in expatriate cross-cultural adjustments: an interview study in China. In: Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, 24-26 Jun 2014, Vancouver, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Despite a plethora of research on various antecedents of expatriate cross-cultural adjustment and effectiveness, relatively little is known how expatriate host country language proficiency affects cross-cultural adjustment. Drawing on 74 in-depth interviews with expatriates and their host country national (HCN) colleagues, we conducted an inductive study to provide a contextual account of expatriate host country language proficiency effects on work and non-work related adjustment in China. Our findings suggest that expatriate host country language proficiency has complex HCN interaction, social support, and network-related effects on work and non-work related adjustment. By demonstrating the multifaceted effects of language on work and non-work related adjustment, our inductive approach shifts the focus from previous predetermined general, work, and interaction adjustment facets to dimensions reported by expatriates and their HCN colleagues.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Additional Information: ISSN: 2078-0435
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2014 10:48
    Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 13:40
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10834

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