Host country nationals to the rescue: a social categorization approach to expatriate adjustment

Show full item record

Title: Host country nationals to the rescue: a social categorization approach to expatriate adjustment
Author: Toh, Soo Min
Abstract: The present study proposes a significant role for host country nationals (HCNs ) in the expatriate adjustment process . Based on self -categorizaton theory , newcomer socialization research , organizational citizenship behavior (OCB ) research , and models of expatriate adjustment , I present a model proposing how social categorization processes influence HCNs' willingness to engage in adjustment -facilitating organizational citizenship behaviors (AOCBs ) . I further propose that these behaviors have a significant impact on expatriates' adjustment and in turn , other important job -related outcomes of the expatriate . Hypotheses were tested on 115 expatriates and 53 HCNs . Expatriates were contacted directly or via an organizational contact . HCNs were either contacted directly or nominated by their expatriate counterpart to participate in the study . Results reveal support for the main tenets of the model . The willingness to engage in AOCBs was related to outgroup categorization , collectivism , and perceptions of justice . Social support provided by HCNs was found to significantly relate to HCNs' perceptions of their expatriate co -worker's adjustment . Expatriates , however , indicated that spousal adjustment and language ability were more important for their own adjustment . Adjustment was related to other key expatriate outcomes . The research and managerial implications of these results are discussed .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /238
Date: 2004-09-30

Citation

Host country nationals to the rescue: a social categorization approach to expatriate adjustment. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /238 .

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
etd-tamu-2003C-MGMT-TOH-1.pdf 390.2Kb application/pdf View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

Search DSpace

Advanced Search

Browse