Essays on The Intercultural Adjustment Of Expatriate Family Members In Foreign Assignments : The INDIAN Assignment

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OutlineI AbstractII Introduction A. Research BackgroundB. Problem StatementC. Research1. ObjectiveD. Research Questions E. Significance of StudyIII Literature ReviewA. Research Framework IV Methodology AbstractThis is a presentation paper addressing the study of the concepts of intercultural adjustment as well as adaptation of expatriates and also the families, both the spouse as well as the children of the expatriates in India. The situation in India is to a large extent comparable to the situation in Malaysia but the paper looks at the issue of intercultural adaptation and adjustment in the Indian Context. This is one of the countries with high numbers of expatriates due to the diversity of the work.

There is a consideration of the cross cultural interactions in the foreign country and how the expatriates and the family members are in a position to adapt to the new environment. The lack the achievement of a positive understanding in the initial stages of interaction is a feature in the process of intercultural adaptation. The proposed models to be applied during the study have been clearly elaborated in the paper. The participants of the study have been selected in a manner that the most relevant piece of information is in a position of being sort.

This is the reason why the expatriates whose length of stay is less than six months have been left out of the study. Likewise the age bracket of the children intended to participate in the study has been restricted to between 8 years to a maximum of 18 years. IntroductionThe increase in the global competition has been responsible for the escalation to the systems of human resources that are responsible for the promotion as well as successful application of the global competences on an individual capacity (Paul & Lillian 231-67).

The importance attached to the global assignments has been responsible for the mutual growth of the career of an individual as well as the success of the organization in the context of the globe. It is due to this noble fact that there have been a lot of efforts for the purpose of ensuring success in the global assignments. There has been identified a requirement for the improvement of the ability of prediction of success in as far as the overseas assignments are concerned.

The importance of this issue has been to the fact of the recorded failure in the majority of the global assignments. There is a record of premature termination of foreign assignments by the expatriates. For the purpose of the explanation of this trend, the expatriates argue that there is a poor adjustment as well as adaptation across various cultures (Paul & Lillian 153-96). They also impute this premature termination of the assignments to problems that are family related.

These problems include the failure of the spouse as well as the children to adapt to the culture of the country that is hosting them, the instability in the family, inadaptability as well as lack of skills related to the use of language (Paul & Lillian 102-54 and Landis & Bhagat 213-54).

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