Developing cognitive complexity from the expatriate experience: Evidence from a longitudinal field study

Sage Publications Ltd
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International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 2013, 13 (3), pp. 299 - 318
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This study examines whether an international work assignment can contribute toward expatriates developing greater cognitive complexity, the core building block of a global mindset and a capability critical to being an effective cross-cultural operative. Using a pre-testpost-test longitudinal panel design, cognitive changes in a sample of Australian and New Zealand expatriates working in 18 different countries were measured. The findings show that, as a group, the expatriates levels of cognitive complexity increased significantly during the 12-month study period. The individuals who experienced the largest increase were those who interacted most frequently with host culture nationals.
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