Neither here, nor there: impression management does not predict expatriate adjustment and job performance
HANNAH JACKSON FOLDES , DENIZ S. ONES & HANDAN KEPIR SINANGIL
Social desirability scale scores reflect substantive individual differences related to personality. The objective of the current study was to examine whether social desirability, and impression management specifically (a component of social desirability), is predictive of adjustment and job performance for expatriates. Based on theoretical considerations, it was proposed that impression management might be linked to expatriate job performance in a predictive and mediated relationship through adjustment. Job performance ratings provided by host country national co-workers were obtained for 308 expatriates on assignment in Turkey. Expatriates responded to a measure of personality and cross cultural adjustment. It was found that impression management scale scores were not related to either adjustment or job performance. These results are discussed in the broader context of research on social desirability, expatriate job performance, and expatriate research in general.
Key words: expatriate, impression management, job performance, adjustment
Hannah L. Jackson
Department of Psychology
University of Minnesota
75 East River Rd.
Minneapolis, MN 55455