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En bank, fem länder: En studie i Handelsbankens expatriaters kulturella anpassning
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to describe how expatriates at Handelsbanken in France, Hong Kong, China, Russia and Singapore have adapted to the host culture. To illustrate how well they acculturated following seven factors have been chosen: Time, previous international experience, cultural distance, language, work environment, spouse acculturation and met expectations. The study was conducted through interviews with six expatriates and surveys answered by nine expatriates. Our study shows that the expatriates have experienced different lengths for cultural adaptation. The majority of the respondents indicated that it took up to six months before they adapted culturally. The expatriates described that it took longer to adapt to work in the new country than they had expected. Furthermore, the study shows that the expatriates felt the need for cultural understanding both on a private as well as a professional level.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med uppsatsen är att beskriva hur expatriater på Handelsbankens kontor i Frankrike, Hong Kong, Kina, Ryssland och Singapore har anpassat sig kulturellt till respektive land. För att beskriva den kulturella anpassningen har följande sju faktorer valts: Tid, tidigare erfarenheter, kulturella skillnader, språk, arbetssituation, medföljande och förväntningar. Studien baseras på intervjuer med sex expatriater samt enkätsvar från resterande nio expatriater i de fem länderna. Studien visar expatriaterna har upplevt att anpassningen har tagit olika lång tid. Majoriteten av de tillfrågade angav att det tog upp till sex månader innan de anpassat sig kulturellt. Expatriaterna beskrev att det tog längre tid att anpassa sig till arbetet i det nya landet än vad de förväntat sig. Vidare visar studien att expatriaterna upplevt att det både privat och arbetssituationsmässigt finns behov av en förståelse för landets kultur.

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2010. , p. 58
Keywords [sv]
Expatriat, Kultur, Kulturell anpassning, kulturellt avstånd.
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-126865OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-126865DiVA, id: diva2:327305
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2010-06-29 Created: 2010-06-28 Last updated: 2010-06-29Bibliographically approved

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