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Relationships among expatriate social network characteristics and performance in overseas assignments: implications for HRD

M.Osman Ghani, Aahad and Rockstuhl, Thomas (2009) Relationships among expatriate social network characteristics and performance in overseas assignments: implications for HRD. In: Proceedings of the Academy of HRD International Research Conference of the Americas, 18-22 February 2009, Washington D.C.

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Abstract

This paper presents the empirical findings of a study that investigated the effects of expatriates' social network characteristics on their perfonnance on overseas assignments. We have used the predictions from social learning theory in explaining the consequences of expatriates' social networks by analyzing relevant field data collected in Singapore. Using matched data of 158 expatriates from seven countries and perfonnance ratings by their supervisors, we find that the number ofhost country nationals in the expatriates' network and the frequency of contact with them predicts supervisory performance ratings. This effect is also mediated by the expatriate's interaction adjustment. We then discuss the implications of these findings for HRD theory and research, as well as for professional practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 6160/541
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Networks, Expatriates, Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Business Administration
Depositing User: Professor AAhad Osman-Gani
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2011 15:05
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2012 16:33
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/541

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