International Generalizability of Expatriate Success Factors

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Deller


Expatriate assignments are a challenge for both employees and organizations. Experience and knowledge of practitioners and researchers alike point to the necessity for identifying new and reliable measures for better selecting, preparing, and supporting employees for and during their stay abroad. The iGOES project studies demographical and biographical aspects as well as features of personality and abilities with regards to their usefulness in predicting success when working in a culture different than one's own. Additionally, it is tested whether relationships generalize across different cultural clusters (see "The GLOBE Project"; e.g., House & Javidan, 2004) or if relationships vary depending on the culture of the respective country.German speaking employees of organizations are interviewed in various countries across the world.


Project Lead

  •  Prof. Dr. Jürgen Deller, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg,
  • Prof. Dr. Deniz Önes, Hellervik Professor of Industrial Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


Project Management

Anne-Grit Albrecht, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg


External Partners

  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Dilchert, Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, Department of Management, City University of New York, New York, NY, USA
  • Frieder M. Paulus, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Section of Neuroimaging, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany


Project Sponsors

  • DAAD and Universitätsgesellschaft Lüneburg e.V. supported several travels of student research assistants abroad