A STUDY ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE ORIENTATION PROCESS AND CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING FOR THE EXPATRIATEDownload This Article
This paper focuses on the effectiveness of the orientation process and cross-cultural training (CCT) and its impact on cross-cultural adjustment for the expatriate. The objective of the study on which this paper is based is to evaluate the effectiveness of the orientation process for expatriates and to determine the need for a separate orientation and culture training. By improving the orientation process and identifying a need for culture specific training, the company can thus eliminate relocation and replacement costs. The main objective of this research is to design a guideline for the implementation of a culture specific orientation process for the expatriate. This will be done based on the recommendations made by the respondents of the survey. The paper reviews different writings in the areas of cross-cultural training, cross-cultural adjustment, the orientation process and the expatriate. The study highlights specific issues regarding cultural training, assignment failure and success, and the expatriate experiences. The research is motivated by the need to reduce assignment failure and the subsequent costs associated with engaging expatriation, and ensure smooth transition into a new culture. The research methodology utilized was qualitative, based on structured questionnaires and personal interviews. The study attempts to recommend, based on the findings, a culture centered orientation process for the expatriate.
Key Words: Expatriation, Cross-Cultural Training, Orientation Process, Cross-Culture Adjustment, Culture Shock, Globalization
How to cite this paper: Phiri, M.A., & Pillay, N. (2015). A study on the effectiveness of the orientation process and cross-cultural training for the expatriate. Journal of Governance and Regulation, 4(4-4), 553-570. https://doi.org/10.22495/jgr_v4_i4_c4_p13