Indian Information Technology Expatriates on an International Assignment: Impact of Pre-Departure Preparation on Initial Adjustment
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Effective preparation constitutes an important factor in ensuring the success of an expatriate assignment. Research has identified cross-cultural training as one of the key aspects in achieving inter-cultural effectiveness on an international assignment. However, there has been little attempt to explore this concept in an Indian information technology (IT) context. The study reported in this paper adopted a qualitative approach to explore the preparation of IT professionals from Indian IT multinational companies (MNCs) sent to Australia. Based on information gathered through semi-structured interviews conducted with Indian IT professionals in Australia, this research indicates how factors during the preparation for the assignment influence their expectations and impact on their initial adjustment experience.
Proceedings of the 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
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Human Resources Management