The correspondence model of cross-cultural adjustment: exploring exchange relationships

Haslberger, Arno and Dickmann, Michael (2016) The correspondence model of cross-cultural adjustment: exploring exchange relationships. Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research, 4 (3) . pp. 276-299. ISSN 2049-8799 [Article] (doi:10.1108/JGM-05-2016-0021)


Purpose: There has been tremendous interest in the field of cultural adjustment in the past decades. The work of Black and his colleagues has inspired many researchers. However, critics have pointed out that their original conceptualization has limitations; most of the insights building on their model have probably been harvested. Therefore, it is appropriate to investigate alternative ways at understanding the challenges in international assignments. The purpose of this paper is to outline a model rooted in person-environment fit theory. The authors follow Dawis and Lofquist’s Theory of Work Adjustment, which has had only a small influence on expatriate research to date.

Design/methodology/approach: The paper develops a correspondence model of cross-cultural adjustment and explores the diverse factors and their interactions in-depth. The satisfaction of individual needs and corresponding environmental supplies (macro, micro, and organizational factors) as well as the satisfactoriness of individual abilities and corresponding environmental requirements (macro, micro, and organizational) is outlined.

Findings: Based on the literature and the model a large number of hypotheses in relation to cross-cultural adjustment are proposed which allow new avenues in adjustment research.

Originality/value: The contribution of this paper is to propose a model that addresses the main criticisms to the adjustment conceptualization of Black and his colleagues.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 23016
Depositing User: Arno Haslberger
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 16:08
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 19:52

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