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Master of Philosophy in International Business - thesis title: "International and Intercultural Experiences of Expatriates in Hong Kong: an Ethnography"

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: