In Touch with the Dutch: A longitudinal study of the impact of a local host on the success of the expatriate assignment

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A job abroad presents many challenges – not only a new job and adjustment to a new cultural environment, but also the challenge of establishing a new life in the host country. The present study investigates whether facilitating interaction with host nationals through putting expatriates and their partners in touch with the Dutch helps them deal with the difficulties of their sojourn in the Netherlands. Two groups were studied – one with a local host and one without a local host. Expatriates and partners of the first group undertook a large variety of activities with their host, ranging from having a drink to a more touristic exploration of the Netherlands. A longitudinal experiment among both groups was conducted over a period of nine months to examine whether contact with a local host specifically contributed to adjustment, performance, social support and intercultural communication competence. In addition, whether the quality of contact between expatriates, partners and hosts affected the impact of a local host was explored, and how this contact quality could be stimulated to increase the effectiveness of such an intervention is also considered. The study ends with practical implications for organisations who employ expatriates as well as for expatriates and partners themselves who wish to maximise the success of their assignment.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
UdgivelsesstedNijmegen
Udgiver
ISBN'er, trykt978-94-6191-159-9
StatusUdgivet - 27. feb. 2012
Udgivet eksterntJa

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