The preparation, training and support requirements of expatriate trailing spouses

Show simple item record Webber, Emma-Louise Vogel, Adolf Johan 2020-11-14T11:04:45Z 2020-11-14T11:04:45Z 2019-11
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : Decades have passed since trailing spouses were first identified as the primary causes of expatriate failure. This has led to numerous studies to determine how best to avoid such failures. In particular, it was determined that through the preparation, training and support of trailing spouses multinational enterprises (MNEs) can not only assist with their adjustment to the host country, but also reduce the likelihood of expatriate failure. AIM : With the impact of the trailing spouse still being a major concern for the success of an international assignment decades after it was first identified as such, this research aimed to determine the preparation, training and support requirements of trailing spouses prior to, and during an international assignment. SETTING : The article includes the responses from trailing spouses who at the time of the study were on assignment in 52 countries on six continents. METHODS : Both non-probability judgement sampling and snowball sampling were used to identify the 218 respondents who completed a self-administered questionnaire which respondents were able to access online. The data was then analysed using exploratory factor analysis, Cronbach’s alpha, a t-test and paired t-test. RESULTS : Statistically significant differences were found between the preparation, training and support required by trailing spouses and what was offered to them by MNEs for all the specific forms of preparation, training and support measured in this study. CONCLUSION : MNEs are still falling short of the preparation, training and support needs of trailing spouses. In particular, MNEs seem to focus on some operational aspects of spousal adjustment while the social aspects are still not sufficiently addressed. en_ZA
dc.description.department Business Management en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2020 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship National Research Foundation of South Africa en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Webber, E-L. & Vögel, A.J., 2019, ‘The preparation, training and support requirements of expatriate trailing spouses’, South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences 22(1), a2703. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1015-8812 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2222-3436 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/sajems.v22i1.270
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Adjustment en_ZA
dc.subject Expatriates en_ZA
dc.subject International assignments en_ZA
dc.subject International human resource management en_ZA
dc.subject Preparation en_ZA
dc.subject Support en_ZA
dc.subject Trailing spouses en_ZA
dc.subject Training en_ZA
dc.title The preparation, training and support requirements of expatriate trailing spouses en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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