Examining the Influence of Self-Efficacy, Optimism and Curiosity on the Performance of International Locals

  • Leonardo Liberman
  • David Kimber C.
  • Javier Pinto Garay
Part of the AIB Latin America book series (AIBLAT)


The purpose of the present study was to assess the effect that three positive attributes have on work performance among a sample of international locals. We measured the influence of self-efficacy, optimism and curiosity on performance in intercultural interactions. We argue that these traits contribute to performance when having intercultural interactions. Significant bivariate correlations were found between work performance and these traits separately. Moreover, the regression model that we proposed—including self-efficacy, optimism and curiosity—predicted work performance and that the individual attributes with higher significant contributions were self-efficacy and curiosity. We discuss the practical and theoretical importance of these preliminary finding and suggest future lines of research.


International management Intercultural interactions Individual traits 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Liberman
    • 1
  • David Kimber C.
    • 2
  • Javier Pinto Garay
    • 2
  1. 1.Libens Research and DevelopmentSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Universidad de los AndesSantiagoChile

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