The influence of work roles, self-efficacy and cultural distance on expatriate adjustment in foreign owned Malaysian companies

May, Lin Tzia (2010) The influence of work roles, self-efficacy and cultural distance on expatriate adjustment in foreign owned Malaysian companies. Masters thesis, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

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Abstract

This study aims to examine the effects of work roles, self-efficacy and cultural distance on expatriate adjustment among expatriates employed in subsidiaries of foreign companies in Malaysia. Data for the study were collected from a cross-sectional survey of expatriates working in companies that are owned wholly or partly by foreign companies. A self-administered study questionnaire was distributed to potential respondents via email and direct contacts with respondents. Based on a sample of 47 respondents, the results show that the level of expatriate adjustment is quite high, at 4.06 based on as-point likert scale. Results from the regression analyses show that role ambiguity has a negative and significant effect on expatriate adjustment while self-efficacy and cultural distance seem to have positive and significant effects on expatriate adjustment. However, the effect of the other dimension of work role, role novelty, on expatriate adjustment is negative but not significant. Hierarchical regression results show that the moderating effects of prior international experience are not significant for the relationships between expatriate adjustment and each of the independent variables work roles, self-efficacy, and cultural distance, are not significant. Limitations of the study and implications of the findings are discussed. Suggestions for future research related to expatriate adjustment are also provided.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Work roles, Self-efficacy, Cultural distance, Foreign companies in Malaysia, Market globalization, Multinational companies, MNC
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions:SCHOOL > School of Business and Economics
ID Code:3411
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:02 Feb 2012 11:05
Last Modified:02 Feb 2012 11:05

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