Cultural distance and expatriate job satisfaction

Fabian Jintae Froese, Vesa Peltokorpi

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Despite its strong impact in domestic settings on job performance, organizational commitment, stress, and turnover intentions, job satisfaction has received little attention in the literature on expatriates. This paper analyzes the predictors of job satisfaction that may arise in an expatriate context. Drawing on the cultural distance perspective, we propose that the national cultural distance, supervisor's nationality, host-country language proficiency, expatriate type, and company nationality are important determinants of expatriate job satisfaction. Survey results from 148 expatriates in Japan demonstrate that national cultural distance, supervisor's nationality, and expatriate type have a statistically significant influence on expatriate job satisfaction. Theoretical and practical implications are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-60
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank Dr. Dan Landis and two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments regarding earlier versions of this manuscript. Financial support from Korea Research Foundation is gratefully acknowledged (research grant no. R0908341 ).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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