||Since the Chinese Economic reforms started in 1979, China has experienced tremendous growth and still maintains a 7.5% GDP growth rate after 34 years. Meanwhile, since 1996 (except for few years), Taiwan’s economy growth has slowed down and sometimes even fell to negative territories. Accompanied by the two economies getting closer (Both joining WTO in 2005, direct flights/ships in 2008, signing ECFA in 2012), more and more people chose to work in China. Most related studies focus on the corporate expatriates, but this study is focus on self-initiated expatriates leaving their homeland and working in China. However, not everyone is successful. |
Previous researches mostly focused on the expatriates sent by multinational corporations. This research intends to focus on Taiwanese self-initiated expatriates to examine the Key Success Factors (KSF). The research scope ranges from the motivation and pre-job preparations to cultural adaptation, and family factors. And, what makes them decide to stay.
To achieve the goals of the research, in-depth interviews were conducted to collect data. After qualitative analysis on such data, we have concluded the following:
1.“Recognizing the relative economic growth rates of Taiwan and China” has a significant influence on the success of the expatriates.
2.“Recognizing the Chinese living and work environments and getting mentally prepared” have significant influences on the on the success of the expatriates.
3.“The first company to work for to China” has no significant influence on the success of the expatriates.
4.“Proactively adapting to cultural differences and having prior overseas work experience” has significant influences on the success of the expatriates.
5.“The nature of the business he/she works for” has no significant influence on the success of the expatriates.
6.“Family factors” have significant influences on the success of the expatriates.