This paper is based on an ongoing research project that investigates the factors that contribute to successful assimilation by Western professionals in different countries. The investigation has used data collected from different case studies related to Japan and Hong Kong. Each case study deals with issues and challenges facing Western expatriates residing in these countries for the purposes of business.
As part of this work, the researchers have developed, presented and tested a heuristic model for quantifying and predicting a Challenge Index for Western expatriates in Japan and Hong Kong. The index can be used to determine the level of difficulty for living and working in these countries; or comparing a given situation with others.
The findings indicate that an attempt to familiarize oneself with the basics of the local language (eg Japanese) and recognize and accept certain attitude differences would certainly contribute to a successful adaption.
Mehryar Nooriafshar, University of Southen Queensland, Australia
Stream: Arts & Humanities
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