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Self-Initiated Anglo Expatriates - The role of cross-cultural differences in innovative and creative work

Sehnert, Katharina Susanne (2014) Self-Initiated Anglo Expatriates - The role of cross-cultural differences in innovative and creative work.

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Abstract:This study examined the role of cross-cultural challenges, possible adjustment related issues and differences between the home and the host country of self-initiated expatriates from countries of the Anglo cluster on their abilities to innovate and to be creative. The findings of this study were based on 22 semi-structured interviews with self- initiated expatriates from the Anglo cluster who work in an innovation or creativity related occupation in Germany. The methodology of this research followed the phenomenological approach. The interview transcripts were analysed using a combination of the grounded theory approach and the template analysis. The main findings of this study included a perceived challenge to be creative due to higher uncertainty avoidance in Germany, an important role of the respective supervisor in the creativity and innovation process, a beneficial role of diversity and collaboration on self-initiated expatriates’ creativity and innovation and an innovation supporting work culture in Germany. The challenges to creativity and innovation, which were perceived as most important, were illustrated in a framework. At the end of the study practical implications were elaborated.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64937
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