Expatriate Performance in International Assignments: The Role of Cultural Intelligence as Dynamic Intercultural Competency

Raduan Che Rose, Subramaniam Sri Ramalu, Jegak Uli, Naresh Kumar


This paper investigates the affects of dynamic intercultural competency of cultural intelligence and its
dimensions on expatriate job performance. Based on sample of 332 expatriates working in Malaysia, cultural
intelligence found to be a vital intercultural competency that facilitates expatriates job performance in
international assignments. Specifically, the results of this study reveal that expatriates in Malaysia with greater
meta-cognitive and behavioral cultural intelligence fared better in their contextual performance. Greater
assignment specific performance related to greater behavioral cultural intelligence. The findings of this study
contributes to the body of knowledge in the cross-cultural management field as well as practical implication to
expatriating firms especially in the area of selection and hiring of international candidates.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ijbm.v5n8p76

International Journal of Business and Management   ISSN 1833-3850 (Print)   ISSN 1833-8119 (Online)

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