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URN etd-0604117-140734
Author Patrycja Anna Kapkin
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Department Master of Global Human Resource Management
Year 2016
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title A Qualitative Study of Cross-Cultural Differences, Adjustment and Job Performance of Expatriates working in Taiwan
Date of Defense 2017-06-05
Page Count 148
Keyword
  • expatriate
  • job performance
  • Cultural differences
  • acculturation
  • adjustment
  • Abstract This study qualitatively explores how self-initiated and assigned expatriates working in Taiwan perceive and respond to cross-cultural differences over time. For this research, diversity was an important issue, in order to prevent the data from being too homogenous. Within the sample of fifteen expatriates, there were thirteen different nationalities. Semi structured interviews were used to discuss with expatriates their adjustment to a new and foreign environment. The acculturative strategies adapted by both foreigners and the perceived strategies adopted by Taiwanese in the initial phase of the expatriation period, were taken into consideration. After conducting fifteen interviews with expatriates, the themes were identified accordingly to the research questions. The main themes in the first part of the analysis, related to cultural differences were: supportive cultural differences, obstructive cultural differences, interpersonal relations. The main themes in the second part, related to adjustment are adjustment process, acculturation process, prioritization of work, differentiation acceptance. The main themes in the final part, comparing both cultural differences and adjustment from the beginning of the expatriation, and the current moment, are cultural controlled adaptation, acculturative approach, work adjustment. This study may be useful for managers employing Self-initiated expatriates (SIE) from foreign countries, and when sending Assigned expatriates (AE) for expatriation, as it emphasizes the importance of preparation for the new working and living environment, as well as the introduction of the expat to their new job position.
    Advisory Committee
  • Shyh-Jer Chen - chair
  • Shen-Chen Chang - co-chair
  • David C McConville - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2017-08-10

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