Quality of family life, cross-cultural adjustment, generation affiliation, and training satisfaction as factors of expatriates' successful completion of foreign assignments

by Shaw, Cassandra S., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 176 pages; 3546938


This dissertation explored success factors of expatriates completing or not completing their foreign assignments and was purposeful because the findings were useful to help organizations in explaining expatriate success, defined as completion of a foreign assignment. Expatriates were measured for quality of family life, cross-cultural adjustment, training satisfaction, and generation affiliation and the data was analyzed using an ex post facto logistic regression using the Enter method in SPSS to predict expatriate success. The goal was to predict membership in the target groups on a binary response variable (completing a foreign assignment or not completing a foreign assignment) to test the effect of a specific covariate. It was found that the predictor variables generation affiliation, quality of family, cross-cultural adjustment, and training satisfaction, collectively made a statistical significance to an expatriate completing their foreign assignment, which rejected the null hypothesis. Additionally, when controlling for all variables but one, logistic regression reported statistical significance for cross-cultural adjustment and training satisfaction, which rejected the null hypotheses of the sub-research questions. The other two variables, quality of family life and generation affiliation were not statistically significant and therefore the null hypotheses were not rejected for these sub-research questions.

AdviserDeborah Vogele-Welch
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Occupational psychology; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3546938

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