Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Examination of How Personality Factors Influence the Adaptability of U.S. National Leaders in Expatriate Contexts
by Linville, Michael W., Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2012, 207; 3509858
Abstract (Summary)

As the global marketplace continues to drive changes in how organizations manufacture, market, and sell their goods and services, the need for executives and leaders to function successfully in cross-cultural contexts has dramatically risen. The competencies that must be possessed and exercised by expatriate leaders, however, differ from those required to lead in one's own culture. With a broad array of variables influencing the extent to which expatriate leaders are able to adapt and succeed in a new cultural context, considerable need exists for research into how to select such individuals for expatriate service as well as how to better prepare them to accomplish organizational goals. This quantitative study investigated relationships between expatriate leader personality traits and cross-cultural adaptability. Inasmuch as adaptability is considered to represent a key component of expatriate success in meeting organizational goals, the results of this research are expected to provide useful insights into how personality may be associated with cross-cultural adaptation. This purposive study researched a sample population of 57 expatriates who had served in a cross-cultural leadership role for at least one year. Using the Keirsey Temperament Sorter to categorize respondents into one of four personality clusters and the Global Competencies Inventory to measure cross-cultural adaptability, the results revealed significance between personality and certain relationship management and perception management competencies. One personality type in particular, SJ (sensing, judging), demonstrated significance in several cross-cultural adaptability competencies. The implications for organizations that select and mobilize leaders for cross-cultural leadership roles are not insignificant. Organizations would be well served to consider and evaluate personality traits not only in their prospective cross-cultural leader candidates, but in the spouses and families of those candidates, as well.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Barnes, Joanne
Commitee: Justice, Judith, Trudel, Jeannie
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 73/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Cross-cultural adaptability, Expatriate leaders, Global Competencies Inventory, Keirsey Temperament Sorter, Leadership, Personality traits
Publication Number: 3509858
ISBN: 9781267368072
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