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Cross‐cultural training to facilitate expatriate adjustment: it works!

Marie‐France Waxin (HEC Montréal, Montréal, Canada)
Alexandra Panaccio (HEC Montréal, Montréal, Canada)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 1 February 2005

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper examines what are the effects of the different types of cross‐cultural training (CCT) on expatriates' adjustment and whether prior international experience (IE) and cultural distance (CD) have a moderator effect on the effectiveness of CCT.

Design/methodology/approach

In a quantitative approach the paper examines the effect of four different types of CCT on the three facets of expatriates' adjustment, on a sample consisting of 54 French, 53 German, 60 Korean and 57 Scandinavian managers expatriated to India. The paper then examines the moderator effect of IE and of CD on CCT's effectiveness.

Findings

CCT accelerates expatriates’ adjustment. The type of CCT received matters. IE and CD have a moderator effect.

Practical implications

Implications for practice are identified.

Originality/value

The paper demonstrated the effectiveness of different kinds of CCT and the moderator effects of IE and CD.

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Citation

Waxin, M. and Panaccio, A. (2005), "Cross‐cultural training to facilitate expatriate adjustment: it works!", Personnel Review, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 51-67. https://doi.org/10.1108/00483480510571879

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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