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'Learning without thought is labour lost, thought without learning is perilous': The importance of pre-departure training and emotions management for expatriates working in China

Boncori, I and Vine, T (2014) ''Learning without thought is labour lost, thought without learning is perilous': The importance of pre-departure training and emotions management for expatriates working in China.' International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 6 (2). 155 - 177. ISSN 1740-8938

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Abstract

Based on data gathered from an autoethnographic account and in-depth qualitative interviews with Italian expatriates, this paper explores the importance of pre-departure linguistic and cultural training for expatriates working in China, with a particular focus on the emotional aspects of movement. According to the latest Global Relocation Trends surveys, China is ranked second only to the USA as the top international destination. However, it also tops the ranking in terms of expatriate assignment failure as it is regarded as the country in which expatriates find it most difficult to adapt (GMAC,2010, 2011). It is here argued that linguistic competences together with cultural understanding are crucial determinants of a positive expatriate experience in terms of general adjustment, social adjustment and work adjustment. Notably in respect of emotional experience, training can ameliorate emotional issonance as well as being a precursor for a more general sense of expatriate emotional wellbeing. Copyright © 2014 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD58.7 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > International Academy
Depositing User: Ilaria Boncori
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 16:34
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 18:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17873

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