Cultural distance and expatriate job satisfaction

Fabian Jintae Froese, Vesa Peltokorpi

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Abstract

Despite its strong impact in domestic settings on job performance, organizational commitment, stress, and turnover intentions, job satisfaction has received little attention in the literature on expatriates. This paper analyzes the predictors of job satisfaction that may arise in an expatriate context. Drawing on the cultural distance perspective, we propose that the national cultural distance, supervisor's nationality, host-country language proficiency, expatriate type, and company nationality are important determinants of expatriate job satisfaction. Survey results from 148 expatriates in Japan demonstrate that national cultural distance, supervisor's nationality, and expatriate type have a statistically significant influence on expatriate job satisfaction. Theoretical and practical implications are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-60
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1

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Job Satisfaction
job satisfaction
nationality
Ethnic Groups
job performance
turnover
Japan
Language
commitment
determinants
Job satisfaction
Cultural distance
Expatriates
language
Nationality

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  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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