Personal characteristics and adjustment of Chinese mainland business expatriates in Hong Kong

Jan Selmer*, Bahman P. Ebrahimi, Mingtao Li

*Corresponding author for this work

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Chinese mainland business expatriates assigned to Hong Kong were surveyed assessing their socio-cultural and psychological adjustment. The investigation explored the association of a variety of personal characteristics with adjustment to work and life in the territory. The main results of the study showed that expatriates from the neighbouring Guangdong Province, male expatriates, younger expatriates and expatriates who were accompanied by their spouses were better adjusted in Hong Kong than others. On the other hand, expatriates recruited directly from universities were less well adjusted than those hired from other sources. Implications of these findings are drawn and future avenues for improving and extending this kind of exploratory research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-250
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes

Scopus Subject Areas

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

User-Defined Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Chinese expatriates
  • Hong Kong
  • Joint ventures
  • People's Republic of China
  • Personal characteristics
  • Training spouses


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