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cultural adaptation

John O'Connell


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The process through which a person becomes able to function successfully in another culture. Failure to adapt is the major reason expatriates find themselves unable to complete overseas assignments. Generally, people are chosen for overseas assignment for their technical ability or other skills related to the tasks required of them by their employer. Thus, it is typically not the inability to do a task which causes failure, it is the inability to adapt to the new cultural environment. See also environment, cultural ( 1991 ). Cultural adaptation on overseas assignments . Human Organization , 50 ( 3 ), 264 – 82 . ( 1991 ). “Field Research” in the Cultural Environment of International Business . Cincinnati, OH : South‐Western . ( 1991 ). When in Rome? The affects of cultural adaptations on intercultural business negotiations . Journal of International Business Studies , 22 ( 3 ), 403 – 28 . ( 1982 ). How best to integrate expatriate managers into the domestic organization . Personnel Administrator , July , 27 – 33 . ( 1992 ). Cultural Guide to Doing Business in Europe , 2nd edn. Boston, MA : Butterworth‐Heinemann . ( 1990 ). Differences in decision‐making regarding risk between culturally diverse and culturally homogeneous groups . IAMM Proceeding , 1 , 130 – 2 . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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