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Individual differences and expatriate assignment effectiveness: The case of U.S.-based Korean expatriates

Kwanghyun Kim and John W. Slocum

Journal of World Business, 2008, vol. 43, issue 1, 109-126

Abstract: The paper examines the relationships among individual differences, cross-cultural adjustment, and expatriate assignment effectiveness, using a field survey of U.S.-based Korean expatriates. Overall, the findings are consistent with the literature and support previous findings. However, a unique and interesting pattern was found, revealing that how well the expatriates adjusted to the assignment was not related to their premature return intention. This finding is attributed to Korean society's tight cultural norms, expectancy for positive career outcomes when completing such assignments, and desire to provide diverse educational opportunities and life experiences for their children and family when staying in the preferred assignment destination. Theoretical and practical implications are also discussed.

Keywords: Expatriates; Individual; differences; Cross-cultural; adjustment; Korean; managers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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