Cross-cultural intelligence (CQ): Its impact on expatriate adjustment in international construction

Ashwini Konanahalli, Lukumon O. Oyedele, Jason Von Meding, John Spillane, Obas John Ebohon

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between the facets of cultural intelligence (CQ) (cognitive, meta-cognitive, motivational and behavioural) and the dimensions of cross-cultural adjustment (interaction, general and work adjustment).

Design/methodology/approach
Interviews and questionnaire survey were carried out with British expatriates from the architectural, engineering and construction sector. A total of 191 respondents, with experience from 29 different countries, actively participated in this research. Structural equation model was subsequently developed to investigate the relationship between elements of CQ and cross-cultural adjustment.

Findings
Results of structural equation modelling revealed that collectively all the four aspects of CQ have significant influence on general, interaction and work adjustment, particularly motivational and cognitive CQ. Cognitive CQ which empowers the expatriates with in-depth knowledge about different cultures was a significant predictor of interaction and work adjustment, whereas, motivational CQ is a significant predictor for general and work adjustment. However, no support was gathered for meta-cognitive and behavioural aspects of CQ.

Practical implications
Globally, construction companies and projects are entering an era of increased internationalisation which has prompted the migration/promotion of British construction professionals to different parts of the world for their specialised capabilities and skills. Thus, it is of utmost importance that these professionals adjust to their new world of varied culture and still be productive in their work.

Originality/value
An understanding of these essential factors can actually help British construction organisations to select and mentor individuals and to provide necessary training for successful international assignments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Construction, Building and Real Estate Conference (COBRA) of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010
EventRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference 2010 - Dauphine Université Paris, Paris, France
Duration: 2 Sep 20103 Sep 2010

Conference

ConferenceRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference 2010
Abbreviated titleCOBRA 2010
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period2/09/103/09/10

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    Konanahalli, A., Oyedele, L. O., Von Meding, J., Spillane, J., & Ebohon, O. J. (2010). Cross-cultural intelligence (CQ): Its impact on expatriate adjustment in international construction. In The Construction, Building and Real Estate Conference (COBRA) of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.