Catalysts and barriers: Improving quality of contact between expatriates and their local host

Marian van Bakel, Jan Pieter van Oudenhoven, Marinel Gerritsen

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    Abstract

    Contact with a local host is one way of helping expatriates deal with the challenges of an international assignment. Since the quality of the contact with the host is pivotal to make the most of this experience, this study analyses the factors that influence the development of the contact. Thirty-three expatriates and ten partners were put in touch with a local host, with whom they undertook all kinds of activities together during a period of nine months. Five catalysts (similarities, motivation, benefits, proximity, and research context) and seven
    barriers (anxiety, different expectations, busy schedules, timing, communication breakdown, and cultural differences) to the contact were identified. Key factors were similarities, motivation and benefits, because they made it possible to overcome some of the barriers. The study discusses the implications of these findings and provides recommendations for programmes that aim to match expatriates with a local host or buddy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEURAM 2014 : Waves and Winds of Strategic Leadership for Sustainable Competitiveness
    PublisherEuropean Academy of Management
    Publication date2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventEuropean Academy of Management 2014: Waves and Winds of Strategic Leadership for Sustainable Competitiveness - Valencia, Valencia, Spain
    Duration: 4. Jun 20147. Jun 2014
    Conference number: 14
    http://www.euram-online.org/conference/2014/

    Conference

    ConferenceEuropean Academy of Management 2014
    Number14
    LocationValencia
    CountrySpain
    CityValencia
    Period04/06/201407/06/2014
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    Keywords

    • Contact quality
    • local host
    • buddy
    • mentoring
    • matching
    • social penetration theory

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    van Bakel, M., van Oudenhoven, J. P., & Gerritsen, M. (2014). Catalysts and barriers: Improving quality of contact between expatriates and their local host. In EURAM 2014: Waves and Winds of Strategic Leadership for Sustainable Competitiveness European Academy of Management.