The impact of cultural dimensions on Chinese expatriates' career capital
journal contributionposted on 2022-08-04, 23:25 authored by Christian YaoChristian Yao
The existing expatriation literature confirms that international assignments (IAs) are an essential tool for developing international talent and global managers. However, the majority of relevant studies are conducted in Western developed contexts and neglect the effects on individuals from emerging countries such as China. In the Chinese multinational companies context, this paper explores the concept of career capital comprising knowing-how, knowing-whom and knowing-why. Using Hofstede's cultural dimensions, it investigates the impact of IAs on an individual's career capital. Twenty-eight semi-structured interviews with Chinese expatriates were conducted. Results suggest that the Chinese expatriates develop limited career capital from IAs. The research shows that the Chinese culture plays an important role in shaping organisational practices and individual behaviours and, consequently, the development of expatriates' career capital. It goes beyond the current individual and organisational focuses on IAs to include a cultural perspective on the development of career capital. Implications are rehearsed, exposing areas for further research. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Preferred citationYao, C. (2014). The impact of cultural dimensions on Chinese expatriates' career capital. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25(5), 609-630. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2013.792862
Journal titleInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
PublisherInforma UK Limited
Online publication date2013-05-28
career capitalChinese multinationalscultural dimensionsexpatriatesinternational assignmentsSocial SciencesManagementBusiness & EconomicsINTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTSBOUNDARYLESS CAREERNATIONAL CULTUREHOFSTEDES MODELLIFE-SPANCONSEQUENCESPERSPECTIVEEMPLOYEESORGANIZATIONSADVANCEMENTIndustrial RelationsMarketing not elsewhere classifiedPolicy and Administration not elsewhere classifiedBusiness and Management not elsewhere classified