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Title: Factors affecting Singaporeans' acceptance of international postings
Authors: Wan, D. 
Hui, T.K. 
Tiang, L.
Keywords: Expatriates
International business
International travel
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: Wan, D., Hui, T.K., Tiang, L. (2003). Factors affecting Singaporeans' acceptance of international postings. Personnel Review 32 (6) : 711-732+802. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Singapore is a cosmopolitan city. With the rapid globalisation of businesses and the government's call for Singapore companies to "go global", to what extent are Singaporeans ready to take up foreign assignments? Location-related factors have often been cited in the popular press as one of the most powerful barriers to expatriation. This study aims to ascertain: the willingness of Singaporeans to consider overseas assignments with specific reference to the cultural distance between the host and home countries; and the relative importance of different contributing factors (demographic attributes, individual personality traits, job and community tenure, spouse-related attributes and company relocation policy) in determining Singaporeans' willingness to accept expatriate assignments. Results from a survey of 200 working adults reveal that Singaporeans, in general, prefer to work in a culturally similar host country rather than an unfamiliar place. For both locations, the most influential antecedent of expatriation appears to be a company's relocation policy.
Source Title: Personnel Review
ISSN: 00483486
DOI: 10.1108/00483480310498684
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