The relationship between expatriate job level and host country national categorization: an investigation in the UK

Arup Varma, Shaun Pichler, Pawan Budhwar*

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Abstract

Using data from 493 host country nationals (HCNs) in the UK, we investigated relationships between expatriate gender, national origin, and job level, and HCN characteristics and willingness to help expatriates. Results showed that HCNs from the UK are likely to categorize expatriates as in-group or out-group members based on perceived values similarity, ethnocentrism, and collectivism. This categorization is also likely to affect HCN willingness to provide role information and social support to expatriates. Overall, our results suggest that HCNs would be more likely to provide role-related information to subordinates and peers than supervisors, and social support to male peers regardless of their nationality (i.e. USA vs. India). The analysis contributes to the fields of expatriate management, social categorization, and international human resource management. It also has key messages for multinational companies regarding the development of efficient expatriate management systems. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-120
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • host country nationals
  • India
  • role information
  • social categorization
  • social support
  • Uk
  • Usa

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