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A perspective-taking model for global assignments

Hyung Park, Joon; Lea Abbott, Je�Anna; Werner, Steve


Joon Hyung Park

Je�Anna Lea Abbott

Steve Werner


Purpose:The purpose of this paper is to propose a model that explains how proactive cognitive processes, such as perspective-taking, relates to expatriates’ effectiveness.
Design/methodology/approach: This conceptual paper presents the model that is based on the perspective-taking models developed by Parker et al. (2008) and applies them to the expatriate context.
Findings: The authors present a framework that delineates how the perspective-taking process leads to an expatriate’s effectiveness. The authors provide propositions about which factors motivate expatriates to engage in perspective-taking and which factors influence higher accuracy of understanding of the host country nationals’ (HCN) perspective.
Practical implications: Guidance is provided for the training of expatriate to develop perspective-taking.
Originality/value: The paper expands the expatriate research by incorporating the perspective-taking model to identify which factors may motivate expatriates to see the HCN view point. Also, the paper contributes to the literature by identifying how resources such as expatriates’ psychological capital may promote the degree of accuracy or comprehension with respect to the HCN thoughts and feelings.


Hyung Park, J., Lea Abbott, J., & Werner, S. (2013). A perspective-taking model for global assignments. Journal of Global Mobility, 2(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2013
Publication Date Sep 1, 2013
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2017
Journal Journal of Global Mobility
Print ISSN 2049-8799
Electronic ISSN 2049-8799
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 3
Keywords Expatriate; Expatriate effectiveness; Perspective-taking
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