Impact of a local host on the intercultural competence of expatriates

Marian van Bakel, Marinel Gerritsen, Jan Pieter van Oudenhoven

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    Intercultural competence is an essential asset for those who live abroad or who work with people from different cultural backgrounds. This longitudinal study examines the impact of contact with a local host on five attitudinal and behavioural aspects of intercultural competence. Sixty-five 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. The Multicultural Personality Questionnaire was filled in at baseline and again after 9 months. A local host buffered a decrease in both attitudinal (Open-mindedness) and behavioural (Social Initiative) aspects of intercultural competence; although, in the case of Open-mindedness, this decrease was only buffered for expatriates with a partner. No effect was found for Cultural Empathy, Flexibility or Emotional Stability. The article concludes by discussing the various merits of contact with a local host as compared with cross-cultural training.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Vol/bind25
    Udgave nummer14
    Sider (fra-til)2050-2067
    ISSN0958-5192
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2014

    Fingeraftryk

    Social aspects
    Intercultural competence
    Expatriates
    Open-mindedness

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    van Bakel, Marian ; Gerritsen, Marinel ; van Oudenhoven, Jan Pieter. / Impact of a local host on the intercultural competence of expatriates. I: International Journal of Human Resource Management. 2014 ; Bind 25, Nr. 14. s. 2050-2067.
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    Impact of a local host on the intercultural competence of expatriates. / van Bakel, Marian; Gerritsen, Marinel; van Oudenhoven, Jan Pieter.

    I: International Journal of Human Resource Management, Bind 25, Nr. 14, 2014, s. 2050-2067.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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