The purpose of this study is to explore the essence of Chinese expatriates’ international adjustment lived experience working and living in the U.S. A phenomenological study was conducted among ten mainland Chinese expatriates to collect authentic voices from the participants. Three major themes describing the essence of their experiences emerged, including: (1) the expatriation journey is a developmental and self-exploratory learning process; (2) mainland Chinese expatriates are seeking effective interactions and meaningful integration with host country nationals; and (3) continuous support and learning facilitated by their organizations are sought by the expatriates. Subthemes under each main theme are discussed. Recommendations for practice and future research are also presented from various perspectives at individual and organization levels.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. March 2016. Major: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. Advisor: Alexandre Ardichvili. 1 computer file (PDF); x, 195 pages.
From East to West: A Phenomenological Study of Mainland Chinese Expatriates’ International Adjustment Experiences in the U.S. Workplace.
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