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A Study of Selection, Training, and Host Country Cultural Adaptation Experiences of Expatriate Faculty from United States AASCU Universities

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dc.contributor.author Fenton, Mark Gabriel
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-06T12:43:55Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-06T12:43:55Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10484/8250
dc.description.abstract Literature addressing selection, cross-cultural training and determinants of a successful or failed expatriate experience is extensive for those in business, but there is little research on these topics for professional academics. This research expands the understanding of why academics expatriate, how they were selected, what their perceptions of a successful experience are, what pre-departure cultural training they received, and what factors may have been difficult. Expatriates are professionals who live and work in a foreign country. This status study of male and female faculty from two AASCU universities expands knowledge on academic expatriation. The response rate was 54%. Independent sample t-tests were used to analyze data with gender as the grouping variable. There was no institutional requirement for expatriation, but it is encouraged. Reasons for expatriation were the experience, conduct research and teach. Business and academia look to expand internationally. While academia seeks to attract a more diverse student and faculty base, business may be seeking quicker access to raw materials, labor and markets. Traveling spouses had fewer difficulties adapting to a host culture than children. Few academics received cross cultural training. It is recommended a formal selection instrument be designed specifically for academics. Training programs should include cultural differences, cultural adaptation, and professional expectations. Additional study of success and failure factors such as living conditions, host cultures and formal training is recommended. As universities continue to grow faculty and student exchange programs, training needs to grow in ways to support expatriation, cultural understanding and the goal of a successful expatriate experience.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility Mark Gabriel Fenton
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Expatriate Americans.
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Higher.
dc.subject.lcsh Universities and colleges--Faculty.
dc.subject.lcsh Human resource development.
dc.subject.lcsh Technology--Management.
dc.subject.lcsh Adjustment (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh College teachers.
dc.subject.lcsh Culture shock.
dc.subject.other Academic.
dc.title A Study of Selection, Training, and Host Country Cultural Adaptation Experiences of Expatriate Faculty from United States AASCU Universities
dc.type Dissertation
dc.date.graduationmonth December
dc.date.published 2010
dc.description.committeechair Foster, Tad
dc.description.committeemembers Vincent W. Childress
dc.description.committeemembers Bassou El Mansour
dc.description.committeemembers Cynthia Thompson
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy
dc.description.department Department of Technology Management
dc.description.imprint Cunningham Memorial library, Terre Haute,Indiana State University
dc.description.itemidetd 201005-23
dc.description.level Doctoral
dc.description.note Title from document title page. Document formatted into pages: contains 194p.: ill. Includes bibliography, abstract and appendix.


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