Exploring expatriate adjustment through identity perspective

Vesa Peltokorpi*, Ling Zhang

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This study reveals multifaceted identities experienced by corporate expatriates and how these identities are related to expatriate host country work and non-work adjustment. Specifically, we take a symbolic interactionism-based identity theory perspective and examine qualitative data from 73 corporate expatriates in China and Japan, revealing an expatriate identity (i.e., identification with being a manager and a foreigner), and a cultural identity (i.e., identification with home and host country cultures) which through identity stability/change are related to the mode and degree of expatriate work and non-work adjustment. Our findings suggest that these identities explain how corporate expatriates shape their new environment to their preferences, instead of adjusting to it.
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftInternational Business Review
StatusPublicerad - 31.01.2020
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


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