Tag Archive: Contact with locals

Expatriate contact with a local host: an intervention to increase social support

One of the ways in which a local host can contribute to successful expatriate assignments is through offering social support. Does a local host offer social support? And what types of support do they offer? This is the final blog post about the academic articles that have been published about my PhD research In Touch …

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Highlights from the European Academy of Management (2016)

Early June I attended the European Academy of Management in Paris. While Paris was covered by an unmovable grey sky and the Seine was slowly rising to new heights, we were up to our ears in a very interesting Expatriate Management Track – one of the standing tracks of this conference, organized by prof. Jan …

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The importance of relationship quality: Maximizing the impact of expatriate contact with a local host

When putting expats in touch with a local host, does the quality of the contact matter? Does this need to surpass a certain threshold for the contact to contribute to an expat assignment? Can contact with a local host also have a negative impact? This is the topic of this blog post, based on my …

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Expat research highlights from the European Academy of Management

Last week I attended the European Academy of Management, where a lot of interesting research on expats was presented. I would like to share some of my highlights. Supporting expats One of the findings that struck me in the presentation of Mila Lazarova and her colleagues (1) was that they found that 66% of the …

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Developing a high quality intercultural relationship: expatriates and their local host

In my Ph.D. thesis In Touch with the Dutch I looked at the impact of a local host on the success of the expatriate assignment. My first research question focused on the impact of a local host on adjustment, performance, intercultural competence and social support. Secondly, I examined the impact of the quality of the …

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Working in Malaysia: some first impressions

Last week I had the privilege to interview eleven expats from different nationalities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These interviews were part of a study I am conducting together with three colleagues about the Host Country National Liaison Model. Our aim is to shift the focus from being solely on the expat to a more comprehensive …

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Working with Malaysians: what are your experiences?

Working as an expat has always been full of challenges. An important aspect is dealing with the host culture because cultural differences and local ways of working can have a significant impact on the success of the expat assignment. We have constructed a questionnaire to help us more clearly understand how expats work together with …

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Linking expats and their local colleagues: the Host Country National Liaison model

Expats are often seen as important links between headquarters and the local subsidiary in terms of knowledge transfer, especially if the expat is sent abroad to head the local operation. For this reason, much attention has been given to recruitment, selection and training of expats to ensure that they are as successful as possible. Neglecting …

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Global Leadership: It is all about complexity

“We cannot solve today’s problems with the same thinking OR LEADERSHIP that we used when we created them” Einstein+ Last week I attended Joyce Osland’s very insightful workshop on Global Leadership at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC). In today’s globalized world, we need more global leaders who can deal with the increasing complexity of …

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My highlights of the EURAM conference

Last week I attended the European Academy of Management in Valencia. I attended most of the expatriate track sessions, and here are some of my highlights: The role of host country nationals I was pleased to see a few papers about the dynamics between expats and host country nationals, for example about negative stereotyping towards …

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