Working with Malaysians: what are your experiences?

Working as an expat has always been full of challenges. Malaysia - Petronas towersAn important aspect is dealing with the host culture because cultural differences and local ways of working can have a significant impact on the success of the expat assignment. We have constructed a questionnaire to help us more clearly understand how expats work together with local employees.

Help us learn more about this topic!
We would like to ask you to fill out a questionnaire about the ways in which host national colleagues can contribute to the success of expats and their companies. We would like to stress that it is important for our study that you fill out all the questions. This should take 15-20 minutes. Your answers are confidential and will only be used anonymously. We very much appreciate your help!

Why this study?
This research is important for many reasons: first of all, to identify significanLinkt ways to support expats in their difficult job; second, to identify important areas for host country national employee competency and leadership development, and not least, for the company to perform successfully in another national context. You can read more about our study at this blog post “Linking expats and their local colleagues: the Host Country National Liaison model”. You can also reach us at if you have any questions.

We highly value your cooperation and would like to thank you in advance. 

Dr. Marian van Bakel1, Dr. Torben Andersen1, Dr. Charles Vance2 & Dr. Vlad Vaiman3

1 University of Southern Denmark, 2 Loyola Marymount University, USA, 3 California Lutheran University, USA

Image of the Petronas Towers via Wikipedia; photo of the chain by Ruby Gold via Flickr


About Marian van Bakel

I graduated in International Business Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After my studies I was a Visiting Study Fellow at University of Oxford where I conducted a research on the adjustment of Dutch diplomats and their partners in London. In February 2012 I successfully defended my PhD thesis ‘In Touch with the Dutch’, in which I put expatriates in touch with a Dutch host to examine the effect of this contact on the success of the international assignment. During my PhD research I also worked as in house communication consultant at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I am currently a postdoc at the Department of Leadership and Corporate Strategy at the University of Southern Denmark ( Since 2004 I have done extensive voluntary work in the intercultural field for the Young Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (Young SIETAR). One of my projects was to co-edit and co-author A Suitcase Full of Discoveries (2008), an intercultural storybook for children.
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