Multifaceted effects of host country language proficiency in expatriate cross-cultural adjustments : a qualitative study in China. / Zhang, Ling Eleanor; Peltokorpi, Vesa.

In: The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 16.09.2015, p. 1448–1469.

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While expatriates often face language barriers in host countries, relatively little research has focused on the influence of host country language proficiency on cross-cultural adjustment. We drew on social identity theory and conducted an interview-based study with 70 expatriates and their host country national (HCN) colleagues to provide a contextual account of host country language proficiency's effects on work and non-work-related adjustment in China. Our findings suggest that expatriate host country language proficiency has multifaceted effects on expatriates' HCN interaction, social support, and network-related work and non-work adjustment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1448–1469
Number of pages22
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2015
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