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McFarland, Jean R.
International employees plead for education and assistance in adjusting to living in foreign cultures
This report makes obvious the need for intercultural communication competence for three types of international employees, and the common thread that links them. It summarizes three sequential studies by the author of international employees and their adjustment to living in unfamiliar cultures. The informants of the studies were (1) United States’ expatriates living in Europe, (2) repatriates to the United States from Europe, and (3) impatriates to the United States from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In each study, an ethnographic interview technique was used to collect data for hermeneutic phenomenological analyses. Results indicate that whether employees are leaving their home country, returning, or entering a host country, they experience loneliness, loss, and desperation for assistance in making the cultural adjustment. They report that their emotional status diminishes their performance, and they offer suggestions to enhance the competence of international sojourners and those who work with them.
Manning, Sabine; Raffe, David (eds.). 2000. VETNET ECER 2000 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/vet/ecer00.htm].