Social capital and cultural adjustment of international assignees in NGOs: Do support networks really matter?
Claus, Lisbeth; Maletz, Sophia; Casoinic, D.; Pierson, Kawika
International assignees face cultural adjustment challenges in their host countries in work and nonwork situations. At the same time, social capital theory suggests that individuals can access and mobilize resources from their social networks. We explore the use of social networks by international assignees from a non-governmental organization in their cross-cultural adjustment to the host country. Specifically, we are interested in the individuals who directly provided support to the expatriate, a network that we term the ‘current assignment support network’. We focus on the size, type and frequency of contact of the international assignee's support network, and investigate to what extent these variables can predict overall cultural adjustment to the host country, or separate dimensions of cultural adjustment such as interaction adjustment, general adjustment and work adjustment. Our findings indicate that certain characteristics of the international assignee's current assignment support network do impact their cultural adjustment to the host country, but that the effects are moderated by whether the assignee has prior international experience.
Claus, L., Maletz, S., Casoinic, D., & Pierson, K. (2015). Social capital and cultural adjustment of international assignees in NGOs: Do support networks really matter?. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(20), 2523-2542. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2014.1003083
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Oct 28, 2014|
|Online Publication Date||Jan 28, 2015|
|Publication Date||Oct 28, 2015|
|Deposit Date||Jan 27, 2022|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||cultural adjustment; international assignment; NGOs; social capital; support networks|