A new perspective on the female expatriate experience: The role of host country national categorization

Varma, Arup; Toh, Soo Min; Budhwar, Pawan
June 2006
Journal of World Business;Jun2006, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p112
Academic Journal
Abstract: This study was designed to investigate host country national (HCN) categorization of female expatriates, in two samples—U.S. and India. Two hundred and twenty-two HCNs (104 in the U.S. and 118 in India) participated in the study. Consistent with prior research [e.g., Tung, R. L. (1998). American expatriates abroad: From neophytes to cosmopolitans. Journal of World Business, 33: 125–140], we found that female expatriates from the U.S. were not discriminated against. Indeed, we found that female expatriates from the U.S. were preferred by Indian HCNs, as co-workers, significantly more than male expatriates from the U.S. We discuss implications for organizations and offer suggestions for future research.


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