The hypercompetitive global economic integration and evolution of global career development have driven the world to be one large employment pool that have provided the opportunity for job seekers to take-charge of their global career development and seek overseas employment opportunities to achieve personal goals. The current research interprets 14 Confucian Asian SIEs’ unique expatriation experiences in terms of motivation and cross-cultural adjustment in different Western countries by using synchronous and asynchronous semi-structured interview methods. The data was analysed utilising template analysis.
This study builds a rich insight with confirming existing understanding and new insights of Confucian Asian SIEs’ motivation to expatriate. The findings reveal that the work-related motives (job opportunity in another country and seeking a better working environment and the will to leave a poor working environment in the home country) is a significant factor driving Confucian Asian SIEs to go abroad. This emerging insight is dominant for Confusion Asian SIEs specifically to the more a priori motives of SIEs, such as, attractiveness of the specific culture, adventure or exploration. Further, ‘parent’ plays an important role in Confucian Asia SIEs’ decision making to expatriate or repatriate to the home country, which provides valuable insights in Confucian cultural values. Moreover, the motives of international experience, existing personal network in the host country, and escaping the negative situation in the home country also influenced participants’ decisions to go abroad. Based on the findings of motivation to expatriate, this study proposes a theoretical framework of Confucian Asian SIEs’ motivation to expatriate.
The findings of the cross-cultural adjustment process establish that the participants were relatively well adjusted in general adjustment, but less so in terms of interaction and work adjustment.
|Title of host publication||EURAM 18|
|Subtitle of host publication||Research in Action|
|Editors||Eythor Ivar Jonsson|
|Place of Publication||Reykjavik Iceland|
|Publisher||European Academy of Management (EURAM)|
|Number of pages||42|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Jun 2018|
|Event||Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management 2018: Research in Action – Accelerating knowledge creation in management - University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland|
Duration: 19 Jun 2018 → 22 Jun 2018
|Conference||Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management 2018|
|Abbreviated title||EURAM 2018|
|Period||19/06/18 → 22/06/18|
- Cross cultural adjustment
- Confusion Asian SIE
- Self-Initiated Expatriate
Lo, W. M., Corlett, S., & Moehler, R. (2018). Confucian Asian SIEs going to the West: Expatriation motivation and cross-cultural adjustment. In E. I. Jonsson (Ed.), EURAM 18: Research in Action [ 2963] European Academy of Management (EURAM).