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Exploring expatriate adjustment through identity perspective

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posted on 14.09.2020, 11:10 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.

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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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