When Does Decision Autonomy Increase Expatriate Managers' Adjustment? An Empirical Test

Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 51, No. 1, pp. 45-60, 2008

16 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2009

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Riki Takeuchi

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization

Jeffrey Shay

University of Montana - School of Business Administration

Jiatao Li

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization

Date Written: March 17, 2009

Abstract

To enhance understanding of expatriate adjustment, we examine the effect of the decision autonomy afforded to expatriate managers on their own adjustment as well as the moderating effect of global integration pressure. We further investigate the mitigating effect of a parent company's operational experience with a particular foreign subsidiary on this relationship. We examine these issues using survey data from 187 expatriate general managers and 24 corporate headquarter executives working in the global hotel industry. The results of the study support the hypotheses postulated. We discuss implications of these findings.

Suggested Citation

Takeuchi, Riki and Shay, Jeffrey and Li, Jiatao, When Does Decision Autonomy Increase Expatriate Managers' Adjustment? An Empirical Test (March 17, 2009). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 51, No. 1, pp. 45-60, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1362219

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Jeffrey Shay

University of Montana - School of Business Administration ( email )

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Jiatao Li

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization ( email )

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