Nonlinear Influences of Stressors on General Adjustment: The Case of Japanese Expatriates And Their Spouses

Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 38, pp. 928-943, 2007

16 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2009

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Riki Takeuchi

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

David P. Lepak

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations - New Brunswick

Sophia Marinova

University of Illinois at Chicago

Seokhwa Yun

Seoul National University - College of Business Administration; Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization

Date Written: July 12, 2007

Abstract

Integrating research on parental demands, learning, and expatriate adjustment, we examine potential nonlinear influences of two stressors - parental demands and perceived culture novelty - on general adjustment of expatriates and their spouses. Using a sample of 170 matched pairs of Japanese expatriates and spouses assigned to the US, we found a quadratic effect of parental demands and a cubic effect of cultural novelty on spouse general adjustment but not on expatriate general adjustment. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Keywords: cross-cultural adjustment; expatriates; spouses; perceived culture novelty; parental demands; nonlinear effects

Suggested Citation

Takeuchi, Riki and Lepak, David P. and Marinova, Sophia and Yun, Seokhwa, Nonlinear Influences of Stressors on General Adjustment: The Case of Japanese Expatriates And Their Spouses (July 12, 2007). Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 38, pp. 928-943, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1370730

Riki Takeuchi (Contact Author)

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David P. Lepak

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations - New Brunswick ( email )

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Sophia Marinova

University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60607
United States

Seokhwa Yun

Seoul National University - College of Business Administration

Seoul, 151-742
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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

Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong

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