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Expatriate Experiences

Expatriate Experiences:
A Comparison of Current Expatriate Experiences to the Relevant Literature, Using Interviews with Former Expatriates in the Pacific Northwest

Licentiate Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Bern, Switzerland

Professor: Prof. Dr. Norbert Thom Teaching Assistant: Anja Habegger, lic. rer. pol. Supervising Professor in Seattle: Prof. Richard B. Peterson

Institute for Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Engehaldenstrasse 4 CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland

Department for Management and Organization, University of Washington Business School Seattle, WA 98105-3200, United States of America

by: Annette Bossard from Luzern, Switzerland Student ID number: 98-102-544 4714 17th Ave NE # 11 Seattle, WA 98105 United States of America

Seattle, April 27, 2003

Expatriate Experiences

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Preface
“You cannot do anything without patience if you’re going abroad.”1

I wish to express my thanks to all the people who supported me and made it possible for me to have this great opportunity of spending half a year in the USA and writing a thesis on a topic which has always interested me and which I found more and more fascinating, the longer I was working on it. First of all, I have to thank Prof. Norbert Thom from the University of Bern whithout whose consent and support I would not have been able to do this in the first place. I am very grateful to Prof. Richard B. Peterson from the University of Washington who has been a great support for me during these past six months and has helped me in so many ways. I would also like to thank my parents and my boyfriend Christof in Switzerland who supported the idea of me going abroad from the very first moment. And last but not least, my thanks go the expatriates at the various companies here in the Pacific Northwest…...

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