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Exploring expatriate adjustment through identity perspective

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posted on 14.09.2020, 11:10 authored by Vesa Peltokorpi, Ling Eleanor ZhangLing Eleanor Zhang
This study reveals multifaceted identities experienced by corporate expatriates and how these identities are related to expatriate host country work and non-work adjustment. Specifically, we take a symbolic interactionism-based identity theory perspective and examine qualitative data from 73 corporate expatriates in China and Japan, revealing an expatriate identity (i.e., identification with being a manager and a foreigner), and a cultural identity (i.e., identification with home and host country cultures) which through identity stability/change are related to the mode and degree of expatriate work and non-work adjustment. Our findings suggest that these identities explain how corporate expatriates shape their new environment to their preferences, instead of adjusting to it.

History

School

  • Loughborough University London

Published in

International Business Review

Volume

29

Issue

3

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Business Review and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2020.101667.

Acceptance date

16/01/2020

Publication date

2020-01-31

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0969-5931

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Ling Eleanor Zhang. Deposit date: 10 September 2020

Article number

101667

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