Polish Experts’ Communication Encounters with Locals in a Chinese Subsidiary of a Western MNC: The Expatriate Perspective

Michał Wilczewski, Anne-Marie Søderberg, Arkadiusz Gut

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This exploratory study investigates Polish expatriate experts´ accounts of encounters with local personnel when building a Chinese subsidiary of a Western MNC between 2011 and 2015. Semi-structured, narrative interviews were conducted with Polish experts, drawing on qualitative methodology and thematic analysis. Their stories reveal prerequisites for intercultural communication,
language and culture-related communication problems with strategies to mitigate them, and factors that affect communication. The study offers important insights into the Polish-Chinese communication in a specific business context. It highlights research issues for further investigation and implications for practitioners with regard to preparation of top talents for expatriation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages38
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event11th GEM&L International Workshop on Management & Language : Revisiting Multilingualism at Work: New Perspectives in Language-sensitive Research in International Business - Copenhagen Business School, København, Denmark
Duration: 4 Jul 20175 Jul 2017


Workshop11th GEM&L International Workshop on Management & Language
LocationCopenhagen Business School
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  • China
  • Poland
  • Intercultural communication
  • Culture
  • Expatriates
  • Experts
  • MNC
  • Narrative

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