Chinese host country nationals' willingness to help expatriates: The role of social categorization
Article first published online: 14 APR 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Thunderbird International Business Review
Volume 53, Issue 3, pages 353–364, May/June 2011
How to Cite
Varma, A., Budhwar, P. and Pichler, S. (2011), Chinese host country nationals' willingness to help expatriates: The role of social categorization. Thunderbird Int'l Bus Rev, 53: 353–364. doi: 10.1002/tie.20413
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 14 APR 2011
In this study, we examine Chinese host country nationals' (HCNs') willingness to offer role information and social support to expatriates from the United States. Using data from 132 Chinese managers, we find that ethnocentrism, interpersonal affect, and guanxi significantly impact HCNs' willingness to offer help to expatriates. Furthermore, we find that the job level of the expatriate has a significant impact on HCNs' willingness to offer role information but not on willingness to offer social support. The results suggest that paying attention to the perceptions and reactions of HCNs toward expatriates is imperative for multinational companies if expatriates are to succeed on their assignments. ©2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.