Kauppatieteellinen tiedekunta, 2013
Johtaminen ja organisaatiot
Master's Degree Programme in International Business
Purpose - The purpose of the study is to identify cross-cultural adjustment issues of self-initiated dual-career expatriate spouses and the factors influencing this process.
Design/methodology/approach - For this in-depth explanatory study semi-structured interviews were carried out among 10 self-initiated dual-career expatriate spouses.
Findings - The study provides the insight of how dual-career SIE couples perceive their adjustment and suggests comprehensive explanation of the main adjustment issues.
Practical implications – A comprehensive understanding of dual-career SIE spouses’ adjustment issues is invaluable in helping organizations to attract and retain these particular expatriates. The findings of the study allow organizations to develop different levels of cross-cultural adjustment support mechanisms for the SIEs and their spouses.
Originality/value - The study offers a potential contribution to the field of international business as well as represents a major gap in the existing cross-cultural adjustment literature. Present and future SIEs may use the results of the study as a framework to better comprehend to the challenges that their spouses encounter during the cross-cultural adjustment process in the host country environment.
Self-Initiated Expatriate, Expatriate Spouse, Cross-Cultural Adjustment, Dual-Career Couple