American expatriate experiences in Taiwan

Heng yu Ku, Jane E. Humble

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This study examines the main reasons for the high failure rate of American expatriates in Taiwan, and methods used to improve their chances of succeeding overseas. First, an extensive literature was reviewed in the areas of expatriate failure rates, adjustment, selection criteria, preparation and training, long term management development strategies, and repatriations. Then, a questionnaire was administered to 42 American expatriates working in Taiwan. Information included their overall adjustment, with three different types of statistical analyses used to measure the results. Preparatory training for recently expatriated and lengths of time on current assignment were found to influence overall adjustment, while the marital status, previous international work experience, age, home countries (U.S., Europe, and Canada), and cultural novelty had no relationship with the overall adjustment of American expatriates in Taiwan. Recommendations for practical application are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute
Editors Anon
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA, United States
PublisherDecis Sci Inst
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1997 Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute. Part 1 (of 3) - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Nov 22 1997Nov 25 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute. Part 1 (of 3)
CitySan Diego, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture


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