Cross -cultural adjustment and the expatriate spouse: A case study

by Hedo Ortega de Pamich, Maria de Guadalupe, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2007, 97 pages; 3251338


Cross-cultural adjustment is often considered the key intervening factor leading to expatriate failure. Research has also found a strong correlation between expatriate and spouse adjustment. Failure of the spouse to adjust to the new environment was given as the number one factor for premature returns. The number two reason was the employee's failure to adjust. Until recently, few studies had examined the adjustment of expatriate employees. The adjustment of expatriates' spouses has received even less attention. For this reason, the study of spouse adjustment offers a potential contribution to the field of international business, since it represents a major gap in the existing cross-cultural adjustment literature. This conceptual gap is the focus of the present research. If spouse adjustment is indeed related to expatriate adjustment and to the outcome of the international assignment, it is important to study the factors that facilitate or inhibit spouse cross-cultural adjustment. By doing so, organizations may gain critical knowledge for influencing the outcomes of international assignments and improve their human resource practices. In an effort to understand the factors that facilitate or inhibit spousal cross-cultural adjustment, this study will examine the role of different variables believed to influence the spouses' adjustment, on a group of expatriate spouses living in Switzerland.

AdviserRoya Majid-Akhavan
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsSocial psychology; Management
Publication Number3251338

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