Cultural Distance and Self-Initiated Expatriates’ Willingness to Relocate





Faculty/Professorship: Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour  
Author(s): Andresen, Maike  ; Muskat, Birgit
Title of the compilation: Self-initiated expatriates in context : recognizing space, time and institutions
Editors: Andresen, Maike  ; Brewster, Chris; Suutari, Vesa
Publisher Information: New York, NY ; London : Routledge
Year of publication: 2020
Pages: 55-71
ISBN: 9780429352690
9780367371036
Language(s): English
URL: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780429352690
Abstract: 
This chapter focuses on understanding cultural distance (CD) with respect to nations, organisations, and careers on an individual level and aims to contribute with nuanced conceptualization of CD for self-initiated expatriates (SIEs). The chapter begins by reviewing the literature on the notion of CD and then synthesize the extant critique to existing CD research. We derive implications for how CD could be conceptualized and measured to better include the specific characteristics of SIEs. It emphasizes implications for research and important avenues forward for an underrepresented area in SIE careers research. Most prevailing studies use a positivist paradigm to measure CD. Studies have shown that for some groups of SIEs, such as ‘explorers’ who are essentially motivated by experiences, adventure, and a new country’s culture, CD is a key positive stimulant for their mobility.
GND Keywords: Auswanderer; Kultur; Soziale Distanz
Keywords: cultural distance, self-initiated expatriation
DDC Classification: 330 Economics  
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology  
RVK Classification: QV 020   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Contribution to an Articlecollection
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/48130
Release Date: 19. November 2020