Cross-culture adaptation norms and mechanism, expatriation and repatriation

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We evoke norms and mechanism for cross-culture adaptation in the context of international (employee)
sojourners’ expatriation and repatriation. The empirical work draws from a sample data of 150 recent returnees
currently working for China MNCs. The results of the expatriate analysis reveal international sojourners
(expatriates’) vertical and horizontal transmission patterns and adaptation mechanism enabling greater ‘cultural
intelligence’, leading to greater benefits on international assignments. The results of the repatriate analysis
show that “adaptation-biased norms” enable repatriating sojourners’ greater exposure to culturally variant social
groups, to absorb local traits and local organizational norms, leading to greater psychological welling, reversing
turnover intent. The proposed mechanism advances the literature and offers important implications for
organizational support for sojourners’ seeking out, absorbing successful norms within the MNC environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Academy of International Business (AIB) 2016
Subtitle of host publicationAIB
EditorsCharles Dhanaraj
Place of PublicationUSA
Number of pages38
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2016

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ISSN (Print)2078-0435


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