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Expatriate performance in overseas assignments: the role of big five personality


Raduan Che Rose and Subramaniam Sri Ramalu and Jegak Uli and Naresh Kumar (2010) Expatriate performance in overseas assignments: the role of big five personality. Asian Social Science, 6 (9). pp. 104-113. ISSN 1911-2025


This paper investigates the affects of Big Five personality and its dimensions on expatriate job performance.
Based on sample of 332 expatriates working in Malaysia, personality factor found to be a significant determinant
of expatriate job performance in international assignments. Specifically, the results of this study reveal that
expatriates in Malaysia with greater conscientiousness personality fared better in their task and contextual
performance. Those with greater openness to experience found to perform better in their task, contextual and
assignment-specific performance. The findings of this study contributes to the body of knowledge in the
cross-cultural management field and have practical implication to expatriating firms especially in the area of
selection and training of candidates for international assignments

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Item Type: Non-Indexed Article
Collection Type: Institution
Date: September 2010
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Social Science
ISSN: 1911-2025
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personality - Job Performance - Expatriate
Faculty/Centre/Office: Chancellory
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