China since Mao by Charles Bettelheim

By Charles Bettelheim

Publication by means of Bettelheim, Charles, Burton, Neill G.

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Edmond (2002), in his study of expatriates in Mexico, found an expatriate’s ethnic or cultural background did not have a significant effect on failure rates. Research by Selmer and Leung (2003) and Sinangil and Ones (2003) supports the concept that gender is not a significant factor in expatriate adjustment. Thus, after looking at the evidence, it does not appear that age, marital status, gender or ethnic background can be considered a significant predictor of expatriate success. Furthermore, most firms originating from Western countries are legally barred from considering many of these types of demographics in selecting personnel for work assignments.

There are a large number of individuals working successfully in Asia without companysupplied mentors, coaches, training programs and special pay incentives. 38 Current expatriate practices and assumptions However, these individuals often find innovative ways to get the tools needed to adjust to the local environment. Independent expatriates create their own social networks and find their own sources of information without spending large sums of money. HR managers in MNCs might be able to identify more cost-efficient ways to help expatriate adjustment and development by studying successful independent expatriates.

Thus, after looking at the evidence, it does not appear that age, marital status, gender or ethnic background can be considered a significant predictor of expatriate success. Furthermore, most firms originating from Western countries are legally barred from considering many of these types of demographics in selecting personnel for work assignments. Firms use a variety of techniques to select workers for going overseas. A. (2005) found Australian organizations in both public and private sectors considered technical competence to be of high importance; used a variety of sources, such as interviews and supervisors’ reports, to measure past performance; checked qualifications; and 31 Expatriates in Asia measured the technical competence of potential expatriates.

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