Cultural Distance and Self-Initiated Expatriates’ Willingness to Relocate

Faculty/Professorship: Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour  
Author(s): Andresen, Maike  ; Muskat, Birgit
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 55-71
Source/Other editions: Self-initiated expatriates in context : recognizing space, time, and institutions / edited by Maike Andresen, Chris Brewster and Vesa Suutari (Hg.). - New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2021, xvi, 230 Seiten. - ISBN 978-0-429-35269-0
Year of first publication: 2021
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-552720
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
Release Date: 5. September 2022

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