Motivational cultural intelligence, realistic job preview, realistic living conditions preview and cross-cultural adjustment
Templer, Klaus J.
N. Anand Chandrasekar
Date of Issue2006
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
This study explores the relationship of motivational cultural intelligence, an individual’s drive, interest, and confidence in adapting to cultural differences, and realistic previews to cross-cultural adjustment (work, general, and interaction adjustment) of global professionals. Regression analyses demonstrate positive relationships between motivational CQ and all three adjustment criteria after controlling for gender, age, time in the host country, and prior international assignment. Realistic job preview relates to work adjustment, realistic living conditions preview relates to general adjustment, and motivational CQ relates to work and general adjustment over and above realistic job and living conditions preview. This study demonstrates the importance and utility of motivational CQ in understanding cross-cultural adjustment. We discuss implications for cross-cultural adjustment research and suggest practical implications for organizations and individuals seeking overseas assignments.