Title: Cross-cultural training and expatriates' adjustment: evidence from western expatriates in Nigeria

Authors: John O. Okpara; Jean D. Kabongo

Addresses: Zeigler College of Business, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 400 E 2nd St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA ' University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA

Abstract: The increase in globalisation of business has led to more expatriate managers being sent overseas to manage multinational subsidiaries than ever before. There is also every indication that the use of expatriate managers will continue to increase in the future. Researchers have indicated that 25% to 40% of all expatriates sent on foreign assignments, return home prematurely. One of the reasons for expatriates' failure is the inability of expatriate managers and their families to adapt to the host-country's culture. This inability to adapt has been attributed to a lack of cross-cultural training. Cross-cultural training has been described as one of global human resource management's most crucial activities and its potential benefits have been widely recognised. Very few studies have been conducted on this topic in Nigeria, creating a knowledge gap in this area. To fill this gap and increase our understanding of this important topic, this research will examine the effects of cross-cultural training on western expatriates' adjustment in Nigeria.

Keywords: Africa; Nigeria; expatriates; expatriate adjustments; globalisation; cross-cultural training; CCT.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2022.127127

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2022 Vol.31 No.4, pp.461 - 477

Accepted: 12 Nov 2019
Published online: 23 Nov 2022 *

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