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The effects of cultural novelty on expatriate adjustment in China
My mother, brother and I
Hong Kong; 1993
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74 effective respondents
11 western nationalities
15 chinese cities of residence
Cultural novelty: Selmer (2006)
Expatriate adjustment: Black (1988)
Cultural intelligence: Earley & Ang ( 2003)
3 to 4 components
3 was suspected
High cultural novelty
Dutch to Chinese
Low cultural novelty
Singaporean to Chinese
Could not be proven before (Selmer; 2006)
We reassess this study using two key concepts
Taking in account diversity inside China
Taking in account the personality of the expatriate
Cultural novelty negatively influences
(Black et al., 1991)
(Black & Stephens, 1989)
(Van Vianen, 2004)
(O' Grady & Lane,
Behavioral CQ is the key to overcome cultural novelty during expatriate adjustment.
The traditionally valued Cognitive CQ only inhibits the process of expatriate adjustment in highly novel cultures
Consciousness of dissimilarities
Excused from improper behavior