Title: Expatriates and social support: exploring conceptual role of unconscious bias

Authors: Sahiba Sharma; Gyan Prakash

Addresses: Panipat Institute of Engineering and Technology, 70 Milestone G.T. Road, Samalkha, Panipat, (Haryana) 132102, India ' Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, G.T. Road Bye Pass, Jalandhar (Punjab) 144011, India

Abstract: The necessity of cultural awareness is a priority since categorisation starts at very young age from home, schools and even in higher education. The purpose of this study is to theoretically clarify and conceptualise the role of native's unconscious bias and social categorisation towards expatriates in withdrawing social support. Due to the paucity of studies on the conceptual understanding of the role of unconscious bias, this paper proposes a conceptual framework based on the literature review and extends the existing literature on social categorisation theory. The findings of the study introduce individual factors that may reduce unconscious bias at the workplace and to frame policies based on subjective measures of unconscious bias. Additionally, it bridges the conceptual gap of social support and unconscious bias in the context of expatriates.

Keywords: natives; expatriates; social categorisation theory; social support; unconscious bias.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBEX.2022.127495

International Journal of Business Excellence, 2022 Vol.28 No.4, pp.492 - 504

Received: 20 Apr 2020
Accepted: 14 May 2020

Published online: 07 Dec 2022 *

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