3 Expatriation

3 Expatriation - Expatriation Cross-Cultural Management...

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Unformatted text preview: Expatriation Cross-Cultural Management Reading Set 3 Gosia A. Langa Why Is Expatriation Difficult? Expatriate managers are removed from familiar and placed in a less familiar culture What works at home may not or even be counterproductive Culture shock results working abroad can be very stressful Successful expatriate assignments depend on ones ability to cope and adjust Stage 1 of Expatriation: Selection Technical skills, family situation, relational skills, and motivational state all matter but companies frequently overemphasize technical skills Personality is important Courage and risk taking are good Authoritarianism, rigidity, and ethnocentrism are bad Selection rather than training works here (very hard to train personality) Selection should not ignore spouses need to provide a realistic preview of assignment Stage 2 of Expatriation: Assignment Acceptance Candidates for international assignments often do not realize potential stressors they will experience Foreign environment & coping mechanisms Social isolation Prospect of career advancement Often decision needs to be made in a hurried fashion Employers should clarify all expectations Stage 3 of Expatriation: Pre- & Post-Arrival Training Just being aware is not enough need to be culturally competent Experiential training provide good opportunity to react to cultural stressors and receive feedback about responses (ex., cultural assimilator) Post-arrival training gives opportunity to evaluate stressors after those were experienced Providing social support is very important social networks become more important Stage 4 of Expatriation: Arrival So what can happen? Expatriates experience a diminished sense of control bad for adjustment Expatriates may feel different and reject host culture Social identity can lead to internal conflict with respect to their belonging (more about that later) Frustration and negative feelings result Successful adjustment means final identification midway between host & parent cultures that is the healthy way Stage 5 of Expatriation: Novice...
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