This thesis (85,000 words, in English) investigates Scandinavian expatriates in Hong Kong as a holistic social phenomenon in regard to adjustment experiences and perceptions of intercultural encounters. The study is positioned at the interface between international business, international human resource management, cross-cultural management, and social anthropology disciplines. I employed an ethnographic research strategy, which included 62 in-depth interviews in addition to participant observation, descriptive statistics, collection of written material, informal conversations, and triangulation as data-collection techniques.
I spent five months in Hong Kong in order to carry out my ethnographic research as a Visiting Research Student at the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI), Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR. My field-research was graciously supported by LEWI's Resident Graduate Scholarship (HK$25,000).
Examiners: Dr Fiona Moore, Royal Holloway University of London (External) & Prof Richard Thorpe, Leeds University Business School (Internal)
My transfer panel consisted of Mr Adam Cross (Chair), Centre for International Business, University of Leeds & Prof Joep Cornelissen, Leeds University Business School. The Panel lasted for approximately 1.5 hours and also examined a 20,000 word report submitted by the Candidate.
Specialised knowledge: Scandinavian expatriates in Hong Kong, International Intercultural/Cross-cultural management research, Qualitative (field) research, 'Expatriate failure' concept. Specialised research skills: Project management of a research project, International and intercultural field-research, Ethnographic research, Field-relations and Self-reflexivity, In-depth interviews and 'Ethnographic Interviewing'.
My supervisory team was comprised of:
- Dr Malcolm Chapman – Lead Supervisor (DPhil, MLitt, Diploma in Social Anthropology, BSc Human Sciences – all gained at University of Oxford, MBA University of Bradford). Senior Lecturer in International Business, Centre for International Business, University of Leeds (CIBUL), United Kingdom
- Dr Hanna Gajewska-De Mattos – Assistant Supervisor (PhD International Business, University of Leeds), MA European Studies, Akademia Ekonomiczna, Poznan, Poland). Lecturer in Business Development in Emerging Markets, and Director of Studies of International Business Division, Centre for International Business, University of Leeds (CIBUL), United Kingdom
- Professor Anne Marie Francesco – Field-Supervisor (PhD, MA, Ohio State University, BA, University of New York, US). Professor of Management and Director of Centre for Human Resource Strategy and Development, Department of Management, School of Business, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China