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An exploratory study on expatriate perceptions of cross-cultural training components

Warrick, Ashton (2019) An exploratory study on expatriate perceptions of cross-cultural training components. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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Cross-cultural training is commonly reported in the literature as a contributing factor to cross-cultural adjustment and therefore the success of the expatriate. The present study aims to identify a best-practice approach to cross-cultural training for expatriate preparation, and to capture the perceptions of expatriates regarding the importance of the identified training components in facilitating cross-cultural adjustment. Based on the cross-cultural competence, adjustment and training literature, nine training components were identified that should be included in best-practice training for expatriate preparation. The sample included 104 participants, who were former or current expatriates (52 male; 52 female), aged between 18 and 86 (M= 41.16; SD; 11.75), 20.2% having received cross-cultural training. Four higher-order factors were identified using exploratory factor analysis; assimilation, contact, practical and sensitivity. K-means cluster analysis clustered participants into four groups; all training components were less important, all training components were important, all training was important except for contact, and all training was important except for practical. Subsequent analyses demonstrated that differences exist between demographics (i.e., gender and CCT received) in both the content importance ratings and cluster membership. Implications for organisational practice and future research, including considerations for expatriate training design are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
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Supervisor(s): Ditchburn, Graeme
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