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IMPACT OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCE ON EXPATRIATES COUPLES' ADJUSTMENT TO RELOCATION

Adaya Meirovich, Shai Nahum, Rachel Keselman and Lior NAAMATI – Schneider
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Adaya Meirovich: Department of Management of Service Organizations, Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel
Shai Nahum: Talma Travel and Tours Inc, 5800 Nicholson Ln Apt T05 Rockville, MD 20852 USA
Rachel Keselman: Israel police. Shderot haoshen 3/5, Mevaseret Tzion
Lior NAAMATI – Schneider: Department of Management of Service Organizations, Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel

CrossCultural Management Journal, 2020, issue 1, 41-46

Abstract: The purpose of the study is to examine the influence of relocations' position (expatriate or couple) and the cultural distance (CD) on cultural adjustment to the host country (AHCC). The 120 conveniences cohort divided equally into expatriates and partners / developing and developed countries (N=30 in each group). AHCC include general adjustment (GA), Job adjustment (JA), and social adjustment (SA). The position during relocation was defined as an expatriate or a couple. A large CD was defined when the relocated took place from developing country to developed country or vice versa. A significant group difference was found for AHCC, GA, and JA, where the means of the small CD were significantly ‎‎higher than that of the large CD. The AHCC and SA of the expatriates were significantly ‎‎higher than that of the couples. In the other two dimensions, GA, and JA, a similar but not significant trend was found. A large difference was found in between the expatriates SA and that of the couples only under conditions of a large CD. The authors conclude that the difference between the expatriates and the couple's adjustment is greater in cases of a large cultural distance.

Keywords: Expatriate couples; International business; Relocation; Cultural distance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J24 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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