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.
OriginalspråkEngelska
Artikelnummer101667
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftInternational Business Review
Volym29
Utgåva3
ISSN0969-5931
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 31.01.2020
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift

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