Cross-Cultural Training and its Implications for HRD

Authored by: Kyoung-Ah Nam , Yonjoo Cho , Mimi Miyoung Lee

The Routledge Companion to Human Resource Development

Print publication date:  October  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415820424
eBook ISBN: 9780203386446
Adobe ISBN: 9781136727061


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With the rapid increase in global market exchanges, Asian multinational corporations (MNCs) have extended their subsidiaries beyond their national boundaries, expanding globally, and sending their employees to branches worldwide. The Cross-Cultural Training (CCT) literature, however, still revolves around the adjustment of Western expatriates while the experiences of Asian expatriates in non-Asian countries continue to be under-represented. Addressing the need to understand the support system of the Asian companies for their employees on an international assignment from an Asian perspective, we conducted an integrative literature review (Callahan 2010; Torraco 2005) and examined 42 studies on CCT research involving expatriates (Nam et al. 2014). Based on the review and analysis of the studies, we identify missing areas in current CCT research involving expatriates, address emerging issues, and provide implications for research and practice on human resources in the following sections.

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