A study of Anglo expatriate managers' learning, knowledge acquisition, and adjustment in multi-national companies in China

Armstrong, S. and Li, Y. (2017) A study of Anglo expatriate managers' learning, knowledge acquisition, and adjustment in multi-national companies in China. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 16 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1537-260X

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This study investigates Anglo expatriate managers learning, knowledge acquisition, and adjustment to the host culture when working within Anglo multi-national companies operating in China. A structural equation model based on data from 121 expatriate managers reveal that Anglo managers adjust more effectively when their learning styles are congruent with the demands of the host culture. Their levels of accumulated managerial tacit knowledge and adaptive flexibility were also associated with their learning styles which in turn led to more effective adjustment to the host culture. Implications for theory, global manager development, and expatriate management are provided.

Keywords:Expatriates, Management, Learning, bmjconvert
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:28 Feb 2017 10:22

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