Acculturation strategy and its impact on job satisfaction

the case of professional Chinese immigrants in the Australian workplace

Ying Lu, Ramanie Samaratunge, Charmine Härtel

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Abstract

This study tested the individual differences of professional Chinese immigrants' (PCIs) attitudes toward acculturation strategies, and explored the effects of these strategies on job satisfaction. Based on Berry’s seminal work on the acculturation process, the study recruited 214 PCIs in the Australian workplace to complete the questionnaires. Results of cluster analysis revealed that the PCIs have a predominant preference to maintain their home culture, with most of them adopting Separation strategy and Integration strategy. Furthermore, results supported the relationship between acculturation strategies and job satisfaction: PCIs adopted the Assimilation strategy have the highest level of job satisfaction and Separation as the lowest. The paper also presents directions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th ANZAM Conference
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging for unknowable futures
EditorsBruce Gurd
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Pages1-16
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)1877040827
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (24th : 2010) - Adelaide
Duration: 8 Dec 201010 Dec 2010

Conference

ConferenceAustralia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (24th : 2010)
CityAdelaide
Period8/12/1010/12/10

Keywords

  • Chinese immigrants
  • professionals
  • Australia
  • acculturation
  • job satisfaction

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    Lu, Y., Samaratunge, R., & Härtel, C. (2010). Acculturation strategy and its impact on job satisfaction: the case of professional Chinese immigrants in the Australian workplace. In B. Gurd (Ed.), Proceedings of the 24th ANZAM Conference: managing for unknowable futures (pp. 1-16). Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.