Cross Cultural Adjustment of Indian Expatriates in Japan
Rupinder Bir Kaur
Expatriates, Multi-National Corporations, Cross cultural adjustment, Indian and Japanese Expatriates
The integration of the world markets and the phenomenal growth of multinational business have led work organizations to rely heavily on managerial international assignments to synergize in the global marketplace. The international experience has gained increasing significance and is widely recognized as vital for multinational companies and also for individuals. Japan is a highly developed and technologically advanced country with plethora of avenues for Indian professionals. This has led to an increasing number of Indians expatriates going on work assignments to Japan. Most studies on cross cultural adjustment thus far have been done on Indian expatriates in western countries as samples whereas studies on Indian expatriates’ adjustment in Japan are limited. The purpose of this paper is to examine crucial antecedents of cross-cultural adjustment of Indian expatriates working in Japan. Specifically, the study focuses on the work related cross cultural adjustment which included five independent variables, namely Job Satisfaction, Family support, Experiential learning orientation, organization socialization, cross cultural training and the dependent variable is cross cultural adjustment. Certain psycho- demographic variables that were taken for study included age of the expatriates, gender, language proficiency, marital status, work experience in general and work experience as expatriate in Japan. A self administered questionnaire was used for the primary survey to collect data from 114 Indian expatriates working in MNCs and privately owned organizations in Japan. The sample was selected using snow-ball sampling method. The findings revealed that job satisfaction is the strongest predictor of cross-cultural adjustment of Indian expatriates followed by family support. Organizations employing Indian expatriates in Japan need to have effective human resource policies and practices for socialization and should take the satisfaction of family and dependents of employee into consideration. Among demographic variables, age, marital status, gender and language proficiency had significant relationship with cross cultural adjustment of Indian expatriates in Japan.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 4, Issue 7

Page(s): 459 - 463
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