Part of the Palgrave Studies in Chinese Management book series (PSCMan)


The purpose of this chapter is to outline the context of this book, both in terms of the social phenomenon it studies and the academic debate in which the book situates itself. We start by presenting the language dilemmas that multinational corporations (MNCs) and their employees face in China. The relevant academic debate in this area is followed by a further discussion on the other three key academic concepts studied in this book: adjustment, acceptance and identity. We then outline in more detail how we conceptualise expatriates and local employees and discuss the host context of a contemporary and changing China. Finally, we provide a detailed description of how the different studies drawn upon in this book were conducted and present a summary of the whole book.


Local Employment Host Country Language Self-initiated Expatriates Western Expatriates Indian Expatriates 
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  1. 1.School of ManagementRoyal Holloway University of LondonEghamUK
  2. 2.Middlesex UniversityLondonUK
  3. 3.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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