African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4164

Full Length Research Paper

Social support, overseas adjustments and work performance of foreign labors in Taiwan

Kuo-Hsiung Chen1, Jui-Mei Yien2, Chien-Jung Huang3* and Kai-Ping Huang4
1Department of Business Administration, Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan. 2Department of Leisure Management, University of Kang Ning, Taiwan. 3Department of Marketing and Distribution Management, Fortune Institute of Technology, Taiwan. 4School of Management, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.  
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  •  Accepted: 29 June 2011
  •  Published: 30 September 2011


The study uses social support as a dependent variable to explore the relationship among social support, overseas adjustment and work performance of the foreignlabours of high technology firms at export and processing zone in Taiwan. A questionnaire survey was used and, out of a total of 518 sent questionnaires, 213 valid ones were collected for data analysis. Findings are: 1) The higher the level of social support, the better the adjustment to living overseas; 2) The higher the level of social support, the better the work performance of the individual; 3) Better overseas adjustment leads to enhanced work performance of the foreign labours; 4) The relationship of overseas adjustments to social support and work performance has a partially mediating effect.


Keywords: Social support, overseas adjustments, work performance, foreignlabours, Taiwan.