Organisational, host country and work factors influencing a British expatriate’s adjustment on international architectural engineering and construction projects

Ashwini Konanahalli, Lukumon O. Oyedele, Jason Kyle Von Meding, John Peter Spillane

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Abstract

Increased globalisation within the British AEC sector has augmented the need for transferring UK nationals to manage overseas operations. To be able to perform abroad, expatriates have to harmonise themselves with the conditions prevailing in the host country which includes getting accustomed to living, working and interacting with the host country nationals. This process is commonly referred to as cross-cultural adjustment . To identify key factors influencing adjustment, a qualitative study was undertaken which mainly comprised of comprehensive literature review and interviews with organisational British expatriates within the international AEC sector. The current study explicitly focuses on exploring the role of the organization, host country and work related factors. The findings suggest that success of expatriation does not entirely rest on an expatriate's ability but also on organisational support and assistance that expats receive during and prior to the assignment. Organisational factors like, expatriate selection, job design, training, logistical and social support, mentoring etc. influence various aspects of expatriate adjustment. Cultural distance between the home and host nation salso dictates the level of support required, suggesting that expatriate relocation to less developed, remote or politically unstable regions demands additional support and consideration by the parent company. Further, AEC projects overseas are deeply influenced by the culture of the host country and operate under different set of rules and regulations which potentially affect the sojourners own adjustment to work. This study is of particular relevance to the British AEC organisations, who need to be cognizant of the issues highlighted to make rational and informed decisions when handling international assignments. A better understanding of these issues will actually provide them with valuable direction to formulate or revise strategies to ensure successful international assignments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 27th Annual ARCOM Conference
Subtitle of host publication5-7 September 2011, Bristol, UK
EditorsC. Egbu, E.C.W. Lou
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management
Pages351-360
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-0-9552390-5-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Host country
Construction project
Engineering project
Expatriate adjustment
Expatriates
Influencing factors
International assignments
Parent company
Factors
Assignment
Qualitative study
Organizational support
Expatriation
Sojourners
Globalization
Cross-cultural adjustment
Relocation
Cultural distance
Organizational factors
Literature review

Keywords

  • cross-cultural adjustment
  • host country factors
  • international construction
  • organisational strategies
  • projects work related factors

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Konanahalli, A., Oyedele, L. O., Von Meding, J. K., & Spillane, J. P. (2011). Organisational, host country and work factors influencing a British expatriate’s adjustment on international architectural engineering and construction projects. In C. Egbu, & E. C. W. Lou (Eds.), Proceedings 27th Annual ARCOM Conference: 5-7 September 2011, Bristol, UK (pp. 351-360). Bristol: Association of Researchers in Construction Management.
Konanahalli, Ashwini ; Oyedele, Lukumon O. ; Von Meding, Jason Kyle ; Spillane, John Peter . / Organisational, host country and work factors influencing a British expatriate’s adjustment on international architectural engineering and construction projects. Proceedings 27th Annual ARCOM Conference: 5-7 September 2011, Bristol, UK. editor / C. Egbu ; E.C.W. Lou. Bristol : Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 2011. pp. 351-360
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Konanahalli, A, Oyedele, LO, Von Meding, JK & Spillane, JP 2011, Organisational, host country and work factors influencing a British expatriate’s adjustment on international architectural engineering and construction projects. in C Egbu & ECW Lou (eds), Proceedings 27th Annual ARCOM Conference: 5-7 September 2011, Bristol, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Bristol, pp. 351-360.

Organisational, host country and work factors influencing a British expatriate’s adjustment on international architectural engineering and construction projects. / Konanahalli, Ashwini; Oyedele, Lukumon O.; Von Meding, Jason Kyle; Spillane, John Peter .

Proceedings 27th Annual ARCOM Conference: 5-7 September 2011, Bristol, UK. ed. / C. Egbu; E.C.W. Lou. Bristol : Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 2011. p. 351-360.

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Konanahalli A, Oyedele LO, Von Meding JK, Spillane JP. Organisational, host country and work factors influencing a British expatriate’s adjustment on international architectural engineering and construction projects. In Egbu C, Lou ECW, editors, Proceedings 27th Annual ARCOM Conference: 5-7 September 2011, Bristol, UK. Bristol: Association of Researchers in Construction Management. 2011. p. 351-360