Acculturation attitudes and affective workgroup commitment among professional Chinese immigrants in the Australian workplace

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

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Abstract

This study was designed to assess the professional Chinese immigrants' acculturation attitudes and the relationship between these attitudes and affective workgroup commitment. Given that Australian workforce becomes more culturally diverse, it is crucial to understand the role of individuals' acculturation attitudes in the workplace. Our survey on a sample of 214 professional Chinese immigrants in the Australian workplace reveal that the professional Chinese immigrants collectively favor Integration attitude. The results also reveal that the more these immigrants appreciate good relationships with members of the host group, the more they affectively commit to their workgroups. This study underscores the importance of acculturation attitudes to cultivate positive job-related outcomes, and provides useful information for organizations to manage immigrant employees via effective acculturation programs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges for international business in a turbulent global environment
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the ANZIBA Annual Conference 2011
EditorsCherrie Jiuhua Zhu
Place of PublicationMulgrave, VIC
PublisherANZIBA
Pages1-15
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780980789911
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralia & New Zealand International Business Academy Annual Conference - Melbourne
Duration: 28 Apr 201130 Apr 2011

Conference

ConferenceAustralia & New Zealand International Business Academy Annual Conference
CityMelbourne
Period28/04/1130/04/11

Keywords

  • acculturation
  • Australia
  • Chinese immigrants
  • commitment
  • professional

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    Lu, Y., Samaratunge, R., & Härtel, C. E. J. (2011). Acculturation attitudes and affective workgroup commitment among professional Chinese immigrants in the Australian workplace. In C. J. Zhu (Ed.), Challenges for international business in a turbulent global environment: proceedings of the ANZIBA Annual Conference 2011 (pp. 1-15). Mulgrave, VIC: ANZIBA.