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Cross-cultural adjustment of inpatriates: Indian inpatriates in Sandvik
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Business and Economic Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of cultural distance in cross-cultural adjustment of inpatriates. Furthermore, it investigates the role  of organizational and social support in cross-cultural adjustment.


In order to achieve the purpose of this study a qualitative method of data gathering was chosen. A case study was conducted in Sandvik Sweden in Gävle, and personal interviews were done with the Indian inpatriates and other representatives involved in international assignment.


The cultural distance between Sweden and Indian  directly affect the concept of teamwork in Sandvik-Sweden and Sanvik-India.

To understand the cultural background and  motive of  inpatriates is important  in designing organizational support that facilitates anticipatory and in-country adjustment processes.

The existence of a recognized socializing way at headquarter eases to interact and develop interpersonal relationship, which facilitate the adjustment process of inpatriates through  referral made from known sources.

Implication and suggestion for the future

This study can assist multinational companies that are interested in the Cross- cultural adjustment process of inpatriates.

We suggest for additional investigations in different organizational setup about the same subject matter to compare new results with the current findings. Future researchers can also investigate the impact of repatriation of inpatriates’ in cross- cultural adjustment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 77 p.
Keyword [en]
Inpatriate, Cultural distance, Cross-cultural adjustment
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-18222Archive number: FE1: 129/2014OAI: diva2:767166
Subject / course
Business administration
Educational program
Business administration – master’s programme (one year)
2014-08-26, Embla, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, Gävle, 18:00 (English)
Masters Thesis
Available from: 2014-12-03 Created: 2014-12-01 Last updated: 2014-12-03Bibliographically approved

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