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Host country employees’ ethnic identity confirmation: Evidence from interactions with ethnically similar expatriates

Shea X. Fan and Anne-Wil Harzing

Journal of World Business, 2017, vol. 52, issue 5, 640-652

Abstract: Employing expatriates who share an ethnicity with host country employees (HCEs) is a widespread expatriate selection strategy. However, little research has compared how expatriates and HCEs perceive this shared ethnicity. Drawing upon an identity perspective, we propose HCEs’ ethnic identity confirmation, the level of agreement between how an HCE views the importance of his/her own ethnic identity and how expatriates view the importance of the HCE’s ethnic identity, affects HCEs’ attitudes towards ethnically similar expatriates. Results of two experiments show that HCEs’ ethnic identity confirmation is related to HCEs’ perception of expatriates’ trustworthiness and knowledge-sharing intention.

Keywords: Ethnic identity confirmation; Host country employee; Expatriate; Multinational corporations; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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