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Cross‐cultural training to facilitate expatriate adjustment: it works!

Cross‐cultural training to facilitate expatriate adjustment: it works! Purpose – The paper examines what are the effects of the different types of cross‐cultural training (CCT) on expatriates' adjustment and whether prior international experience (IE) and cultural distance (CD) have a moderator effect on the effectiveness of CCT. Design/methodology/approach – In a quantitative approach the paper examines the effect of four different types of CCT on the three facets of expatriates' adjustment, on a sample consisting of 54 French, 53 German, 60 Korean and 57 Scandinavian managers expatriated to India. The paper then examines the moderator effect of IE and of CD on CCT's effectiveness. Findings – CCT accelerates expatriates’ adjustment. The type of CCT received matters. IE and CD have a moderator effect. Practical implications – Implications for practice are identified. Originality/value – The paper demonstrated the effectiveness of different kinds of CCT and the moderator effects of IE and CD. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Personnel Review Emerald Publishing

Cross‐cultural training to facilitate expatriate adjustment: it works!

Personnel Review , Volume 34 (1): 17 – Feb 1, 2005

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0048-3486
DOI
10.1108/00483480510571879
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Abstract

Purpose – The paper examines what are the effects of the different types of cross‐cultural training (CCT) on expatriates' adjustment and whether prior international experience (IE) and cultural distance (CD) have a moderator effect on the effectiveness of CCT. Design/methodology/approach – In a quantitative approach the paper examines the effect of four different types of CCT on the three facets of expatriates' adjustment, on a sample consisting of 54 French, 53 German, 60 Korean and 57 Scandinavian managers expatriated to India. The paper then examines the moderator effect of IE and of CD on CCT's effectiveness. Findings – CCT accelerates expatriates’ adjustment. The type of CCT received matters. IE and CD have a moderator effect. Practical implications – Implications for practice are identified. Originality/value – The paper demonstrated the effectiveness of different kinds of CCT and the moderator effects of IE and CD.

Journal

Personnel ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 2005

Keywords: Expatriates; Cross‐cultural management; Training; Country of origin

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