The Psychology of adjustment through the lifespan: emotions, age, experience and cross-cultural adjustment

Heidi Wechtler, Alexei Koveshnikov, Cecile Dejoux

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Abstract

Grounded in lifespan development theory and more particularly socioemotional selectivity theory, this paper attempts to shed additional light on one of the under-researched and inconclusive areas in expatriation research, namely what moderating effects age have on the relation between emotional intelligence (EI) and cross-cultural adjustment (CCA) of expatriates on assignment. We tested our hypotheses through hierarchical regression models using data from 254 expatriate managers. Our analyses show a positive moderating effect of age on the relation between emotional intelligence and two facets of adjustment: general living and interactional adjustments and concluded that age and experience are not fully substitutable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew insights into operating across borders
Subtitle of host publicationfrom traditional to emerging markets : proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy 2013
EditorsRobert Jack, Lucy Taksa
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherANZIBA
Pages1-35
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)9780980789935
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAnnual Australia & New Zealand International Business Academy Conference - Sydney
Duration: 18 Apr 201320 Apr 2013

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Australia & New Zealand International Business Academy Conference
CitySydney
Period18/04/1320/04/13

Keywords

  • cross-cultural adjustment
  • emotional intelligence
  • age
  • lifespan development theory
  • socioemotional selectivity theory

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