Acculturation attitudes and affective workgroup commitment

Evidence from professional Chinese immigrants in the Australian workplace

Ying Lu*, Ramanie Samaratunge, Charmine E J Härtel

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Australian workforce is becoming increasingly diverse and it is important to understand the role of individuals' acculturation attitudes in the workplace. The appreciation of the relationship between acculturation attitudes and affective workgroup commitment is critical for mangers to facilitate the performance of employees with diverse backgrounds. To gain a better understanding of this relationship, we assessed the acculturation attitudes of professional Chinese immigrants and the relationship between these attitudes and affective workgroup commitment in the Australian workplace. Our survey of a sample of 220 professional Chinese immigrants in the Australian workplace revealed that, even though many of them favor integration, the majority adopt separation and marginalization, which were found to be related with low affective workgroup commitment. This study underscored the importance of acculturation attitudes to cultivate positive job-related outcomes, and provided useful information for organizations to manage immigrant employees via effective acculturation programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-228
Number of pages23
JournalAsian Ethnicity
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • acculturation
  • Australia
  • Chinese immigrants
  • diversity management
  • professionals
  • workgroup commitment

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