Lingua necessaria? Language proficiency and expatriate success

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Local language proficiency is often regarded as a key enabling factor for expatriate success. In this study, we use data from the iGOES project to examine how language proficiency contributes to expatriate outcomes. Language proficiency is negligibly to weakly related to most outcomes, but does show positive relations with interaction adjustment. Moderator analyses support the interpretation of this relation as reflecting increased comfort from being able to communicate effectively, rather than reflecting cultural engagement or social inclusion effects. Overall, results indicate that local language proficiency can contribute to expatriate comfort, but is not absolutely necessary for expatriate success.
Translated title of the contributionLingua necessaria?: Sprachkenntnisse und Erfolg von Auslandsentsandten
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging expatriates : Success factors in private and public domains
EditorsBrenton M. Wiernik, Heiko Rüger, Deniz S. Ones
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationOpladen
PublisherVerlag Babara Budrich
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-3-8474-2031-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-8474-1017-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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