Expatriate personality and cultural fit: The moderating role of host country context on job satisfaction

Vesa Peltokorpi ss, Fabian Froese

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Abstract

This study draws on the cultural fit hypothesis to examine interactive effects of host country context and four (Multicultural Personality Questionnaire) expatriate personality traits - Cultural Empathy, Social Initiative, Emotional Stability, and Open Mindedness - on job satisfaction. The cultural fit hypothesis maintains that it is not only the expatriate personality traits per se, but the cultural fit between expatriate personality traits and host country cultural values, norms, and prototypical personality traits that predict expatriate adjustment in host countries (Searle & Ward, 1990). Providing partial support for the cultural fit hypothesis, data derived from 191 expatriates in Brazil and Japan shows that the importance of two personality traits varies in these countries. Specifically, expatriates with high Cultural Empathy were more satisfied with their jobs in Japan than in Brazil, whereas Social Initiative was more important for expatriates in Brazil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-302
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Business Review
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb 1

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Host country
Job satisfaction
Expatriates
Personality traits
Brazil
Empathy
Japan
Cultural values
Open-mindedness
Emotion
Questionnaire
Expatriate adjustment

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  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing

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Expatriate personality and cultural fit : The moderating role of host country context on job satisfaction. / Peltokorpi ss, Vesa; Froese, Fabian.

In: International Business Review, Vol. 23, No. 1, 01.02.2014, p. 293-302.

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