Impact of a local host on the success of an international assignment

Marian van Bakel, Marinel Gerritsen, Jan Pieter van Oudenhoven

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This longitudinal study examined whether contact with a local host in the Netherlands positively impacts on the adjustment and performance of “Western” expatriates with English or French as their first language. Thirty-one expatriates were put in contact with a Dutch host with whom they would have regular contact over nine months; another 30 similar expatriates would have no contact with a host. After a five-month period of contact with a host, there was a positive impact on interaction adjustment. The results also indicated that expatriates who valued the contact highly derived more benefit from it. Contact with a host seems to be especially worthwhile for expatriates who have to deal with host nationals on a daily basis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThunderbird International Business Review
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)391-402
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • International Human Resource Management
  • expatriation


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