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.
|Title of host publication||International proceedings of Economics Development and Research|
|Subtitle of host publication||education and management technology|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||International Conference on Education and Management Technology (2nd : 2011) - Shanghai, China|
Duration: 19 Aug 2011 → 21 Aug 2011
|Conference||International Conference on Education and Management Technology (2nd : 2011)|
|Period||19/08/11 → 21/08/11|
- Chinese immigrants
- work engagement
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.