Host country employees’ ethnic identity confirmation: Evidence from interactions with ethnically similar expatriates

Shea X. Fan, Anne-wil Harzing

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Abstract

Employing expatriates who share an ethnicity with host country employees (HCEs) is a widespread expatriate selection strategy. However, little research has compared how expatriates and HCEs perceive this shared ethnicity. Drawing upon an identity perspective, we propose HCEs’ ethnic identity confirmation, the level of agreement between how an HCE views the importance of his/her own ethnic identity and how expatriates view the importance of the HCE’s ethnic identity, affects HCEs’ attitudes towards ethnically similar expatriates. Results of two experiments show that HCEs’ ethnic identity confirmation is related to HCEs’ perception of expatriates’ trustworthiness and knowledge-sharing intention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-652
JournalJournal of World Business
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ethnic identity confirmation
  • host country employee
  • expatriate
  • multinational corporations
  • China

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