The Dimensions of Expatriate Adjustment

Arno Haslberger, Chris Brewster, Thomas Hippler

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A narrow and partial theoretical base has limited current concepts of expatriate adjustment and the research based upon them. This conceptual article explores one of the less theorized aspects of expatriate adjustment: the fact that it has multiple dimensions. We conceive of adjustment as a person-environment relationship that takes place in the three dimensions of cognitions, feelings, and behaviors. Combining these elements takes us one step closer to a comprehensive and more realistic understanding of the nature of expatriate adjustment. We include suggestions for future research that follow from our reconceptualization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333–351
Number of pages19
JournalHuman Resource Management
Issue number3
Early online date22 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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