Acculturation attitude and its effect on work engagement

a case of professional Chinese immigrants in Australia

Ying Lu, Ramanie Samaratunge, Charmine E. J. Härtel

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Abstract

Based on Berry’s seminal work on acculturation process, this study investigates the individual differences of professional Chinese immigrants in terms of their attitudes toward acculturation, and the relationship between acculturation attitudes and work engagement of professional Chinese immigrants in the Australian workplace. Our survey on a sample of 220 professional Chinese immigrants reveals that those immigrants have a predominant preference to maintain their home culture. The professional Chinese immigrants adopting assimilation attitude have significantly higher level of work engagement than those who adopt separation and marginalization. This study provides useful information for organizations to manage immigrant employees via effective acculturation programs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational proceedings of Economics Development and Research
Subtitle of host publicationeducation and management technology
EditorsChen Dan
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherIACSIT Press
Pages144-149
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789810891749
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Education and Management Technology (2nd : 2011) - Shanghai, China
Duration: 19 Aug 201121 Aug 2011

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Education and Management Technology (2nd : 2011)
CityShanghai, China
Period19/08/1121/08/11

Keywords

  • acculturation
  • Australia
  • Chinese immigrants
  • work engagement
  • professionals

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    Lu, Y., Samaratunge, R., & Härtel, C. E. J. (2011). Acculturation attitude and its effect on work engagement: a case of professional Chinese immigrants in Australia. In C. Dan (Ed.), International proceedings of Economics Development and Research: education and management technology (pp. 144-149). Singapore: IACSIT Press.