Gender Stereotypes: Expatriates Job Performance and Gender Perception through Host Country Nationals (HCN’s) Perspectives

  •  Muhammad Bhatti    
  •  Veera Kaliani Sundram    
  •  Chee Hoe    


In 21st century, organizations continuously expanding their business in the global market and to achieve their
desired goals they mostly depend on diverse workforce. Gender diversity in workforce can bring fruitful results
in organizational development if the managers provide equal employment opportunities to male and female
candidates. Unfortunately, managers are reluctant to select female candidates for international assignment
because of gender biased behavior or under estimating female capabilities. The purpose of this study is to
examine expatriate male and female job performance and gender perception through host country nationals
(Malaysian workers) perspectives. The data were collected from 200 host country nationals (Malaysian workers)
about their 200 expatriate’s coworkers from 12 countries working in Malaysia. For the analysis purpose, t-test
was performed to examine the difference between expatriates male and female job performance and gender
perception. The result of this study indicated that female expatriates perform better during international
assignment in multicultural setting as compared to their male counterpart. Furthermore, Malaysian workers do
not perceive any difference between male and female expatriates as their coworkers. The findings of this study
contribute to body of knowledge about women expatriates and practically helpful for managers to build strong
diverse workforce. In addition, this study suggested future research directions.

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