Expatriate contact with a local host

An intervention to increase social support

Marian van Bakel, Jan Pieter van Oudenhoven, Marinel Gerritsen

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Resumé

Social capital is a crucial factor for expatriates to employ as they
cope with the demands of an international assignment. This longitudinal
study used a mixed method approach to examine the
social support benefits of expatriate contact with a local host.
Western expatriates in the Netherlands were randomly divided
into two groups: an experimental group (n = 33), that had contact
with a Dutch host during 9 months, and a control group (n = 32)
with no host. Qualitative methods such as interviews and diaries
were included to shed light on the various types of social support
that occurred. Results show that local hosts offered all four types
of social support: social companionship, informational support,
emotional support, and instrumental support. Furthermore,
expatriates with a host increased their social capital; they received
significantly more social support from host nationals than did
those without a host. This study shows that HRD professionals
may develop the social capital of expatriates by bringing them
into contact with a local host, which can produce more social
support from host nationals. Increased social capital may lead to
a higher performance at both the individual and organisational
levels.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftHuman Resource Development International
Vol/bind20
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)215-235
ISSN1367-8868
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017

Fingeraftryk

Expatriates
Social support
Social capital
Qualitative methods
International assignments
Mixed methods
Factors
Emotion
High performance
The Netherlands

Citer dette

van Bakel, Marian ; van Oudenhoven, Jan Pieter ; Gerritsen, Marinel. / Expatriate contact with a local host : An intervention to increase social support. I: Human Resource Development International. 2017 ; Bind 20, Nr. 3. s. 215-235.
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Expatriate contact with a local host : An intervention to increase social support. / van Bakel, Marian; van Oudenhoven, Jan Pieter; Gerritsen, Marinel.

I: Human Resource Development International, Bind 20, Nr. 3, 2017, s. 215-235.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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