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A perspective-taking model for global assignments

Joon Hyung Park (International Business and Management Department, Nottingham University Business School China, Ningbo, China)
Je’Anna Lea Abbott (Department of Management, C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA)
Steve Werner (Department of Management, C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA)

Journal of Global Mobility

ISSN: 2049-8799

Article publication date: 2 December 2014




The purpose of this paper is to propose a model that explains how proactive cognitive processes, such as perspective-taking, relates to expatriates’ effectiveness.


This conceptual paper presents the model that is based on the perspective-taking models developed by Parker et al. (2008) and applies them to the expatriate context.


The authors present a framework that delineates how the perspective-taking process leads to an expatriate’s effectiveness. The authors provide propositions about which factors motivate expatriates to engage in perspective-taking and which factors influence higher accuracy of understanding of the host country nationals’ (HCN) perspective.

Practical implications

Guidance is provided for the training of expatriate to develop perspective-taking.


The paper expands the expatriate research by incorporating the perspective-taking model to identify which factors may motivate expatriates to see the HCN view point. Also, the paper contributes to the literature by identifying how resources such as expatriates’ psychological capital may promote the degree of accuracy or comprehension with respect to the HCN thoughts and feelings.



Hyung Park, J., Lea Abbott, J. and Werner, S. (2014), "A perspective-taking model for global assignments", Journal of Global Mobility, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 280-297.



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