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Article: Managing the stress of hong kong expatriate construction professionals in mainland china: Focus group study exploring individual coping strategies and organizational support

TitleManaging the stress of hong kong expatriate construction professionals in mainland china: Focus group study exploring individual coping strategies and organizational support
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Issue Date2012
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Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 2012, v. 138, n. 10, p. 1150-1160 How to Cite?
AbstractRapid expansion of the construction industry in mainland China has currently rendered it increasingly common for Hong Kong construction professionals to work in mainland China as expatriates. Given that the unfamiliar working and living environment further escalates these professionals' stress levels, the current study aims to explore and investigate (1) the experience with stress of Hong Kong expatriate construction professionals in mainland China, (2) the various individual coping strategies they adopt to cope with stress, and (3) the forms of organizational support that are effective in handling stress. Six focus groups (all Hong Kong construction professionals)-including four groups of expatriates working in various cities in mainland China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Macau), a repatriate group from mainland China, and a group without expatriate experience-were analyzed in the study. Hong Kong expatriate construction professionals in mainland China from all groups had experienced stress in their expatriate assignments. In group discussions, the participants identified six individual coping strategies and three forms of organizational support. To critically explore the coping strategies and organizational support for expatriate professionals, items addressed by the expatriate and nonexpatriate groups were compared. Various recommendations are made for both individual expatriates and related construction organizations. © 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/184677
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dc.contributor.authorChan, IYSen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeung, MYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-15T10:04:00Z-
dc.date.available2013-07-15T10:04:00Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Construction Engineering and Management, 2012, v. 138, n. 10, p. 1150-1160en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/184677-
dc.description.abstractRapid expansion of the construction industry in mainland China has currently rendered it increasingly common for Hong Kong construction professionals to work in mainland China as expatriates. Given that the unfamiliar working and living environment further escalates these professionals' stress levels, the current study aims to explore and investigate (1) the experience with stress of Hong Kong expatriate construction professionals in mainland China, (2) the various individual coping strategies they adopt to cope with stress, and (3) the forms of organizational support that are effective in handling stress. Six focus groups (all Hong Kong construction professionals)-including four groups of expatriates working in various cities in mainland China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Macau), a repatriate group from mainland China, and a group without expatriate experience-were analyzed in the study. Hong Kong expatriate construction professionals in mainland China from all groups had experienced stress in their expatriate assignments. In group discussions, the participants identified six individual coping strategies and three forms of organizational support. To critically explore the coping strategies and organizational support for expatriate professionals, items addressed by the expatriate and nonexpatriate groups were compared. Various recommendations are made for both individual expatriates and related construction organizations. © 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Construction Engineering and Managementen_US
dc.titleManaging the stress of hong kong expatriate construction professionals in mainland china: Focus group study exploring individual coping strategies and organizational supporten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChan, IYS: iyschan@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000533-
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dc.identifier.hkuros215436en_US
dc.identifier.volume138en_US
dc.identifier.issue10en_US
dc.identifier.spage1150en_US
dc.identifier.epage1160en_US
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