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Title: Self-Initiated Expatriate Perceptions of Employment Experiences in China - A Phenomenological Investigation
Authors: Wood, Richard
Award date: 2012
Abstract: Semi-structured interviews and surveys were carried out to gain a greater phenomenological understanding of self-initiated expatriate (SIE) employment experiences in China. Four main areas were investigated: perceptions of success, perceptions of failure, recruitment and training & support. Five SIE participants were interviewed about their personal experiences and perceptions, followed by an online survey, completed by 69 participants, which indicated the degree of generalisability of the findings from the interviews. The results showed that SIE judgements of success and failure are based on subjective perceptions of performance, career development and personal progress, which differ significantly from the perceived basis of judgements from employers. SIE recruitment processes were seen to be characterised by a lack of face validity and often perceived as only a formality before being offered a job. Training and support were perceived as very important to SIEs, but most participants believe more training could be offered to assist professional development. In addition, out-of-work support offered by employers is viewed as essential to improved SIE experiences, but that it needs to be more comprehensive. The exploratory nature of the study shows more SIE-specific research is needed to gain a wider understanding of SIE experiences in China and indicates that SIE-specific tools for appraisal, recruitment and general management are required to improve the organisational procedures for dealing with SIEs.
Links: http://hdl.handle.net/2381/27706
Type: Dissertation
Level: Masters
Qualification: MSc
Rights: Copyright © the author, 2012
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