The Importance of Relationship Quality: Maximizing the Impact of Expatriate Contact with a Local Host

Marian van Bakel, Marinel Gerritsen, Jan Pieter van Oudenhoven

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    Contact between expatriates and a local host—a specific type of peer mentoring—has been shown to result in benefi ts to adjustment, social support, and intercultural competence. This longitudinal study examines the role of the quality of this contact. Expatriates in the Netherlands were randomly divided into an experimental group (N = 33) in which 21 participants had developed high-quality contact with their host, and a control group (N = 32) that had no host. The results suggest the higher the quality of the contact, the more benefit the expatriate experienced. Moreover, expatriates with low-quality contact did not experience a detrimental effect. Theoretical and practical implications for mentoring in general, and peer mentoring of expatriates specifically, are discussed.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftThunderbird International Business Review
    Vol/bind58
    Udgave nummer1
    Sider (fra-til)41-54
    ISSN1096-4762
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2016

    Fingeraftryk

    contact
    mentoring
    social support
    longitudinal study
    Netherlands
    Group
    Expatriates
    Relationship quality
    experience
    effect
    Mentoring
    Peers

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    The Importance of Relationship Quality: Maximizing the Impact of Expatriate Contact with a Local Host. / van Bakel, Marian; Gerritsen, Marinel; van Oudenhoven, Jan Pieter.

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    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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