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The U-Curve Adjustment Hypothesis Revisited: A Review and Theoretical Framework

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  • J Stewart Black

    (Dartmouth College)

  • Mark Mendenhall

    (University of Tennessee, Chattanooga)

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The cross-cultural adjustment research literature has largely been conducted from an atheoretical perspective. When a theoretical framework is imposed, the U-Curve adjustment theory has been the one most commonly used. The lack of a comprehensive review of the empirical literature on the U-Curve adjustment theory has allowed scholars to accept or dismiss the theory on grounds other than that of empirical evidence. This paper reviews the empirical literature and proposes a theoretical framework and research agenda for future research on cross-cultural adjustment.© 1991 JIBS. Journal of International Business Studies (1991) 22, 225–247

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  • J Stewart Black & Mark Mendenhall, 1991. "The U-Curve Adjustment Hypothesis Revisited: A Review and Theoretical Framework," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 22(2), pages 225-247, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:22:y:1991:i:2:p:225-247
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