Expatriate cultural identity negotiation strategies: a dynamic framework

Li, Chenchen, Zhang, Ling Eleanor and Harzing, Anne-Wil ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1509-3003 (2021) Expatriate cultural identity negotiation strategies: a dynamic framework. In: Intercultural Management in Practice. Chavan, Meena and Taksa, Lucy, eds. Emerald Publishing Limited, United Kingdom, pp. 131-140. ISBN 9781839828270, e-ISBN 9781839828263, e-ISBN 9781839828287. [Book Section] (doi:10.1108/978-1-83982-826-320211013)

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In response to the somewhat paradoxical combination of increasing diversity in the global workforce and the resurgence of nationalism in an era of global mobility, this chapter aims to uncover how employees on international assignments respond to exposure to new cultures. Specifically, the study aims to explicate the underlying psychological mechanisms linking expatriates' monocultural, multicultural, global, and cosmopolitan identity negotiation strategies with their responses toward the host culture by drawing upon exclusionary and integrative reactions theory in cross-cultural psychology. This conceptual chapter draws on the perspective of exclusionary versus integrative reactions toward foreign cultures – a perspective rooted in cross-cultural psychology research – to categorize expatriates' responses toward the host culture. More specifically, the study elaborates how two primary activators of expatriates' responses toward the host culture – the salience of home-culture identity and a cultural learning mindset – explain the relationship between cultural identity negotiation strategies and expatriates' exclusionary and integrative responses. The following metaphors for these different types of cultural identity negotiation strategies are introduced: “ostrich” (monocultural strategy), “frog” (multicultural strategy), “bird” (global strategy), and “lizard” (cosmopolitan strategy). The proposed dynamic framework of cultural identity negotiation strategies illustrates the sophisticated nature of expatriates' responses to new cultures. This chapter also emphasizes that cross-cultural training tempering expatriates' exclusionary reactions and encouraging integrative reactions is crucial for more effective expatriation in a multicultural work environment.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 33724
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Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2021 12:17
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 17:45
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33724

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