HR Science Forum
The Dimensions of Expatriate Adjustment
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Human Resource Management
Volume 52, Issue 3, pages 333–351, May/June 2013
How to Cite
Haslberger, A., Brewster, C. and Hippler, T. (2013), The Dimensions of Expatriate Adjustment. Hum. Resour. Manage., 52: 333–351. doi: 10.1002/hrm.21531
- Issue published online: 22 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 22 MAY 2013
- international HRM;
- cross-cultural adjustment;
- dimensions of adjustment;
- person-environment fit
A narrow and partial theoretical base has limited current concepts of expatriate adjustment and the research based upon them. This conceptual article explores one of the less theorized aspects of expatriate adjustment: the fact that it has multiple dimensions. We conceive of adjustment as a person-environment relationship that takes place in the three dimensions of cognitions, feelings, and behaviors. Combining these elements takes us one step closer to a comprehensive and more realistic understanding of the nature of expatriate adjustment. We include suggestions for future research that follow from our reconceptualization.