Geografie 2012, 117, 349-370

Acculturation of expatriate executive managers in Czechia

Michal Gärtner, Dušan Drbohlav

Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Dpt. of Social Geography and Regional Development, Albertov 6, 128 43, Praha 2, Czechia

Received June 2012
Accepted November 2012

Acculturation of expatriate executive managers was examined in the sample of 16 sojourners working in Czechia using a longitudinal study (questionnaires plus interviews). The aim of this research was to gain a better understanding of the process of acculturation of sojourners responsible for the transfer of management know-how across international borders. The success of their acculturation was measured by the Goldberg‘s GHQ index and satisfaction scales. Two surveys were conducted, six and eighteen months after respondents’ arrival in Czechia, between 2006 and 2010. The results indicate that acculturation of sojourners in Czechia was successful and proceeded approximately according to the Hofstede’s “U” acculturation curve. In addition, several hypotheses concerning the effect of some known predictors of acculturation success were tested.


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