Escaping the rut: Bridging research on expatriate and organizational newcomer adjustment

Mihaela Dimitrova*, John Kammeyer-Mueller, Margaret A. Shaffer, Marlene Gruber

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To ‘escape the rut’ of narrowly focusing on expatriate adjustment as a psychological state, we look to the literature on the adjustment of organizational newcomers. From this perspective, we extend theoretical and empirical concepts regarding dynamic social and proactive development processes into the study of expatriate adjustment. Our integrative review of both literatures provides the basis for a new, dynamic research framework as well as promising avenues for future research on expatriate adjustment and insights for the organizational newcomer literature. We aim to enrich expatriate management research and to contribute to cross-fertilization between the two disciplines.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101486
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

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  • Dynamic processes
  • Expatriate adjustment
  • Organizational newcomer adjustment
  • Proactive behavior
  • Social interactions

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