Towards a taxonomy of Expatriate adjustment

Theoretical developments in the expatriate adjustment literature have been sparse over the last decade and a half. Much of the business-focused literature uses an influential linear causal model from 1991. While research based on it advanced the field, it is time to revisit the basic processes of expatriate adjustment and reformulate them to reflect the dynamic interaction of antecedent and outcome variables. This paper tries to improve the mapping of the real-life complexities of expatriate assignments by adding detail to the definition of adaptation outcomes and including several feedback loops among model variables.

Haslberger, A. & Brewster, C. (2005) Towards a Taxonomy of Expatriate Adjustment, 4th International Conference of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, Lisbon, December.

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