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The perceived value of Chinese expatriates’ career capital: A symbolic capital perspective

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posted on 04.08.2022, 23:39 authored by Christian YaoChristian Yao
Purpose – The existing expatriation literature confirms that international assignments (IAs) are an essential tool for developing international talent and global managers but relevant studies are conducted mainly in western developed contexts and neglect the effects on individuals from less developed countries such as China. This paper explores the concept of career and symbolic capital in Chinese multinational company context. It investigates the value of IAs by exploring the relationships between career capital and symbolic capital. Design/methodology/approach – Twenty-eight semi-structured interviews with Chinese expatriates were conducted. Findings – Results suggest that the value of individual career capital from IAs depends on the contexts and how different parties perceive the value. A model comprising individual, organisational and social dimensions are proposed along with mediating factors that affect the effectiveness of value transfer between career capital and symbolic capital. Implications are rehearsed, exposing areas for further research. Originality/value – This paper contributes to the literature by investigating the notion of career in an important but under-researched sample: Chinese expatriates. It helps to gain a better understanding on Chinese multinational companies and their employees.

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Yao, C. (2013). The perceived value of Chinese expatriates’ career capital: A symbolic capital perspective. Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research, 1(2), 187-218. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGM-09-2012-0001

Journal title

Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research

Volume

1

Issue

2

Publication date

01/01/2013

Pagination

187-218

Publisher

Emerald

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

ISSN

2049-8799

eISSN

2049-8802

Language

en