East Is East, And West Is West…

This article describes the role of value dissimilarities in the expatriate adjustment while using practical input of expatriates working in a SE Asian context. This article describes the role of value dissimilarities in the expatriate adjustment while using practical input of expatriates working in a SE Asian context. Firstly, the context of this article wants to be explored. Value dissimilarities have been noted as a distinctive feature of different cultures. In research on rent the extent of difference between cultural values has been expressed as ‘cultural distance’. Cultural distance may provide wrong impressions of intentions hinder intercultural communication and even. Differences in the magnitude of conflict are often considered as caused by cultural distance.

Value differences may contribute toward ethnocentric attitudes among both host country nationals and expatriates. Ethnocentrism is on expression of a broader combination of in-group attachment and out-group hostility, and seems to inevitable and universal consequence of the existence of social groups. Early research on ethnocentrism in host-country organizations noted that ethnocentric attitudes of expatriate Manager and host-country employees are in all types of MNCs ‘dysfunctional to their mutual relationships.’ A starting point of the research of Faris and Fogel (1999) the assumption that successful cross cultural adaptation may be hindered by resistance of cultural responses from the host population. In this regard it what observed that host editorial ‘ unwillingness to accept foreign Manager may be on important deterrent to a successful international career within multinational enterprises. Expatriates of Chinese ethnicity observed that they do not possess the same authority in China as Western Manager because of envy or resentment from local employees. Perceived ethnocentrism may generate feelings that equal those generally associated with employment discrimination, which may make it more difficult for expatriates to cope with their situation in their new work location.From extreme perspective, host xenophobia possibly could preclude positive social exchanges with outsiders who have home cultures that are quite similar to the local culture.

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