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Title: The impact of organizational social capital on expatriate management success-failure : an Indonesian interpretation
Author: Loke, Wing Kin
ISNI:       0000 0004 2744 2327
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 2011
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Cross-cultural management and expatriate management literature is driven by comparative survey research that seek to identify, define, and create universal and static typologies of personal attributes, personality measures, cultural dimensions, and value systems of a country. Intercultural research and management how-to books written by expatriate managers, however, suggest that interaction between expatriate managers and local executives often lead to the creation of a social world that is complex and multidimensional, situated within the social context of a particular country. Current survey research, therefore, ignores the embedded, emergent, and collective social world of expatriate-locals within organizations. Although there are empirical case studies and social identity studies of joint-ventures, we can add to current cross-cultural management literature by examining the impact of organizational social capital on expatriate management success. This approach merges the theoretical framework of social capital through the study of micro-level organizational social interaction between Western expatriate managers and local executives- individually, and at the group level interaction. Crucially, this viewpoint includes an examination of social forces and social structures that contribute to the development of organizational social capital. The research approach, herein, is based on a multidisciplinary critical ethnographic methodology that examines Western expatriate management success-failure mainly through a study of the local executive in the form of social structures, social interaction/events, intra- organizational community differences, beliefs and values, emotions in the workplace, and contextual factors. Research is conducted in Indonesia because it is under- represented in management research and it is constantly ranked by expatriate managers as the most difficult assignment in Asia. It is anticipated that this study will enrich our understanding of the impact of organizational social capital on cross- cultural and intercultural management theory.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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