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Expatriate adjustment: considerations for selection and training

Jennifer Feitosa (Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)
Christine Kreutzer (Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)
Angela Kramperth (Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)
William S. Kramer (Department of Psychology, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA)
Eduardo Salas (Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)

Journal of Global Mobility

ISSN: 2049-8799

Article publication date: 2 September 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to first, synthesize employee characteristics that have been shown to help expatriate adjustment into best practices that can aid in expatriate selection. Second, the authors aim to identify training design variables that can be implemented to not only increase learning and expatriate adjustment, but also to maximize the benefits of employee characteristics. Finally, the authors point out environmental factors that are often overlooked, but yet important influencing forces of expatriate adjustment.

Design/methodology/approach

PsychINFO was searched using variations of the following terms: expatriate selection and expatriate training. For the selection criteria, the authors selected articles in which cross-cultural adjustment, expatriate performance, or learning was the dependent variable. Reference sections of these articles were then cross-referenced for additional support. Authors then double-coded every article independently to record variables, study methodology, and research results.

Findings

The authors have identified cultural intelligence, learning orientation, technical KSAO's, and language skills to be the most significant antecedents of expatriate adjustment. Furthermore, the authors have found environmental factors (i.e. organizational, family, and interpersonal support) to play a crucial role in the adjustment process. The authors have also identified training factors (i.e. content, process, and elements) to be crucial, and the authors propose how these design variables further facilitate learning and adjustment.

Originality/value

This manuscript contributes to the extant expatriate adjustment literature by providing a new, integrative framework. While the individual variables explored within the paper have been examined in past research, this manuscript is the first to offer a framework which integrates them to shape future research.

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Acknowledgements

The views in this work are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect official Army policy. This research was supported by the United States Army Research Laboratory and the United States Army Research Office under Grant W911NF-08-1-0144.

Citation

Feitosa, J., Kreutzer, C., Kramperth, A., S. Kramer, W. and Salas, E. (2014), "Expatriate adjustment: considerations for selection and training", Journal of Global Mobility, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 134-159. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGM-06-2013-0042

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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