Cross Cultural Work Adjustment Case Study

Cross Cultural Work Adjustment
A study on the cultural differences faced by expatriates in a foreign environment.
# 153852 | 2,984 words | 12 sources | APA | 2014 | NL
Published on Apr 03, 2014 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Business (International)

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This paper presents a study to explore the experiences and challenges of working in cross-cultural environments and the factors that influence expatriates' cross-cultural adjustments in their overseas assignments. The paper describes the methodology, data collection and results, and outlines the study's conclusions. The paper notes the impact of factors like language training, cross-cultural training and cultural mentorship programs.

Literature Review
Interview Participant
The Interview Protocol
Data Collection
Data Analysis

From the Paper:

"Due to their global expansion, MNCs operate in environments that are culturally diverse. Therefore, basic concerns for expatriates are cultural issues. Culture is what makes a person who they are and their cultural background influences their actions (Ko & Yang, 2011, p. 159). People learn about their local cultures through acculturation and socialization, which begin at early ages of development. Having brought up in a different culture, expatriates are required to be functional in a different culture. In order for this to happen, they need to appreciate the beliefs, the norms, the values and behavior patterns and learn to adjust the differences as much as possible (Ramalu, Wei , & Rose, 2011, p. 61). One of the crucial tools for expatriate competence is their proficiency of the language(s) of the host country (Ko & Yang, 2011, p. 158). The more an expatriate is knowledgeable of the local culture and proficiency in the local language, the more the chances of them to be successful in their assignments. These add up to a cross-cultural learning that significantly facilitates the expatriate's professional life in a different culture.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andreason , A. (2003). Expatriate adjustment to foreign assignments. International Journal of Commerce and Management, 13(1), 42-60.
  • Black , J. (1988). Work role transitions: a study of American expatriate managers in Japan. Journal of International Business Studies, 19(2), 277-294.
  • Furnham, A. (1988). The adjustment of sojourners. In Young, Y. Kim , & B. William, Cross cultural adaptation (pp. 42-61). Newbury Park: Sage.
  • Haslberger, A., & Esarey, S. (2005). Moving People Abroad: a Guide to Successful Transitions. Ashridge.
  • Kim, Y. (2002). Adapting to unfamiliar culture. In W. Gudykunst , & B. Moody, Handbook of international and intercultural communication (pp. 259-273). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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