MAJOR FACTORS AFFECTING THE EXPATRIATE SUCCESS: THE CASE OF MALAYSIAN EXPATRIATES

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Author: Osman A. Yussuf
Date: Winter 2018
Publisher: International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines
Document Type: Case study
Length: 10,070 words
Lexile Measure: 1340L

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The consequence of expatriate failure leads to losses, damages of corporate reputation, loss of business opportunities, and in some cases expatriates find themselves in trouble. Studies have shown that between 16-40 percent of American managers sent on overseas assignments return because of poor performance or of inability to adjust to foreign environments. This study investigates the effect of the expatriate selection process (technical competency, interpersonal skills, and cross cultural ability), expatriate preparation (cross cultural training and orientation training), and expatriate adjustment (work in a new environment and culture, and interaction with locals in host countries) on expatriate success (completion of foreign assignments, cross-cultural adjustment, and actual performance on the foreign assignment). Utilizing a sample of Malaysian expatriates, the results of this study revealed that the Malaysian expatriate selection process, preparation, and ability to adjust in host countries have significantly led to their success in their foreign assignments. Keywords: Expatriate selection process, preparation, adjustment, international assignment, expatriate success

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