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The effect of emotions in cross‐cultural expatriate experiences

Jacintha A.C. Tan (Centre for Business Research, Deakin University, Malvern, Australia 3144)
Charmine E.J. Härtel (Centre for Business Research, Deakin University, Malvern, Australia 3144)
Debra Panipucci (Centre for Business Research, Deakin University, Malvern, Australia 3144)
Victoria E. Strybosch (Centre for Business Research, Deakin University, Malvern, Australia 3144)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Article publication date: 1 June 2005

Abstract

With increased recognition of the existence of emotions in everyday interpersonal interactions, the need for emotions in cross‐cultural interactions has become more obvious. Emotions play an important role in cross‐cultural expatriate interactions as these experiences are essentially social encounters. Yet, little research addresses the emotions felt and the emotional demands involved in the cross‐cultural interaction. Research on expatriate experiences centres solely on the cross‐cultural training, sensitivity, and adaptability of expatriates. What fails to be addressed, however, is the emotional aspect of this interaction. In this paper, we examine the cross‐cultural expatriate experience, integrating both the cultural and emotional aspects of the interaction. In doing so, we aim to advance understanding of the expatriate experience and the potential reasons underlying expatriate success and failure.

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Tan, J.A.C., Härtel, C.E.J., Panipucci, D. and Strybosch, V.E. (2005), "The effect of emotions in cross‐cultural expatriate experiences", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 4-15. https://doi.org/10.1108/13527600510797980

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