International adjusment of female vs male business expatriates

Jan Selmer*, Alicia S M LEUNG

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    Despite a host of supportive anecdotal evidence and an increasing demand for business expatriates, women are a relatively untapped source for expatriate assignments. To compare their international adjustment. Western female and male business expatriates responded to a mail survey in Hong Kong. Controlling for differences in background variables between the two gender groups, there was no gender difference in terms of general adjustment, but there were indications that female expatriates had higher interaction and work adjustment than their male counterparts. On the other hand, the men may have experienced a higher degree of psychological adjustment than the women. Implications of these findings for globalizing firms, as well as for their female employees, are discussed in detail.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1117-1131
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003

    Scopus Subject Areas

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

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Adjustment
    • Female and male expatriates
    • Hong Kong


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