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Intercultural competence among expatriates who successfully adjust to the culture of their county of assignment consists of a set of attitudes, attributes, and behavioral styles. These competencies are learned and become indicators of individual character as a natural part of the psychological development and acculturation process in one’s home country, but they must be refined to help one adapt to the ways people think, feel, and act in another country.

It is important to differentiate between intercultural competence on the one hand, and behavioral manifestations of this competence, on the other, as a person successfully adjusts while living and working in the new culture. Competence in this sense is considered predictive of intercultural adjustment, which in turn is considered the desired outcome of this competence (see ...

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