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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Does It Really Work? Re-Assessing the Impact of Pre-Departure Cross-Cultural Training on Expatriate Adjustment
Author(s): Puck, Jonas F
Kittler, Markus
Wright, Christopher
Contact Email: markus.kittler@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: adjustment
cross-cultural training
language
expatriates
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Puck JF, Kittler M & Wright C (2008) Does It Really Work? Re-Assessing the Impact of Pre-Departure Cross-Cultural Training on Expatriate Adjustment, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19 (12), pp. 2182-2197.
Abstract: Cultural adjustment is considered to be a prerequisite for expatriate success abroad. One way to enhance adjustment is to provide employees with knowledge and awareness of appropriate norms and behaviors of the host country through cross-cultural training (CCT). This article analyzes the impact of pre-departure CCT on expatriate adjustment and focuses on variations in participation, length and the comprehensiveness of training. Unlike previous research, the study focuses on the effectiveness of pre-departure CCT for non-US employees expatriated to a broad range of host country settings. Employing data from 339 expatriates from 20 German Multinational Corporations (MNCs) the study finds CCT has little if any effect on general, interactional or work setting expatriate adjustment. However, a significant impact of foreign language competence was found for all three dimensions of expatriate adjustment. We used interviews with 20 expatriates to supplement our discussion and provide further implications for practice.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/877
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585190802479413
Rights: Published in The International Journal of Human Resource Management by Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Volume 19, Issue 12 December 2008, pages 2182-2197. The International Journal of Human Resource Management is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0958-5192&volume=19&issue=12&spage=2182
Affiliation: Erlangen-Nuremberg University
Management Work and Organisation
University of Sydney

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