Host country employees’ ethnic identity confirmation: evidence from interactions with ethnically similar expatriates

Fan, Shea and Harzing, Anne-Wil (2017) Host country employees’ ethnic identity confirmation: evidence from interactions with ethnically similar expatriates. Journal of World Business, 52 (5). pp. 640-652. ISSN 1090-9516

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Abstract

Employing expatriates who share an ethnicity with host country employees (HCEs) is a widespread expatriate selection strategy. However, little research has compared how expatriates and HCEs perceive this shared ethnicity. Drawing upon an identity perspective, we propose HCEs’ ethnic identity confirmation, the level of agreement between how an HCE views the importance of his/her own ethnic identity and how expatriates view the importance of the HCE’s ethnic identity, affects HCEs’ attitudes towards ethnically similar expatriates. Results of two experiments show that HCEs’ ethnic identity confirmation is related to HCEs’ perception of expatriates’ trustworthiness and knowledge-sharing intention.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > International and Cross-cultural Management group
Item ID: 21784
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Depositing User: Anne-Wil Harzing
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 13:57
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 08:52
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21784

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