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A proposed model of expatriates in multinational corporations

Ching‐Hsiang Liu (Department of Business Administration, National Formosa University, Chang‐Hua City, Taiwan)
Hung‐Wen Lee (Department of Business Administration, National Chia‐Yi University, Chia‐Yi City, Taiwan)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Article publication date: 2 May 2008




The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between job satisfaction, family support, learning orientation, organizational socialization and cross‐cultural training and cross‐cultural adjustment in the proposed model.


A quantitative research method was used, and correction and regression were employed. The study undertook a multidimensional approach in its assessment of the adjustment of Taiwanese financial institution expatriates.


This study found that job satisfaction played an important role in the proposed model of expatriate adjustment in an international assignment. Also found to be of importance was the role of organization socialization.

Research limitations/implications

The conclusions of this study pertain only to Taiwanese financial institution expatriates in the USA, and cannot be generalized for cross‐cultural adjustment in other countries.

Practical implications

Given the associations between job satisfaction and cross‐cultural adjustment, multinationals should ensure that they have human resource policies and practice to support the job satisfaction of expatriates. Modifying socialization policies and practices can have a positive influence on expatriates' adjustment.


This study both replicates and extends previous research on cross‐cultural adjustment. It provides objective information for expatriate selection, management and socialization.



Liu, C. and Lee, H. (2008), "A proposed model of expatriates in multinational corporations", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 176-193.



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