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Factors of Culture Adaptation and Adaptation States in a Multicultural Organization
Unformatted Document Text:  Cultural Adaptation Factors and States 20 the fact that most Korean managers have been in the Mexican culture and away from home for a while. They may have lost the early excitements. On the other hand, most Mexicans have been in the company for a shorter time due to the high turnover rate that they may be experiencing the exciting early stages yet. The same reasons may explain the next scores about the valley state which more Koreans are experiencing (2.98) than Mexicans (2.30). Finally, and quite significantly, more Mexicans (4.02) are experiencing the smooth stage compared to Koreans (2.97). We believe that this has to do with the overall familiar living environment in Mexico culture provides a more comfortable setting for Mexicans than Koreans, that they feel more at home in general. After all, when the day’s work is done and our of the work site, the Mexicans are living on their own homeland. Pearson Correlation As for the correlation test, first of all, the fact that eight and seven of all 15 hypotheses for each group were supported, suggests that an individual’s adaptation conditions are important factors correlating with his/her adaptation states. Second, our results show a general tendency for positive conditions such as preparedness and communication skills, to be correlated with positive states (i.e., peak, smooth) of an individual in the international organization. Subsequently, there is a general tendency for positive conditions to correlate negatively with the valley state, the most obvious negative stage of a person’s adaptation process. Specifically, Koreans show a very strong positive correlation between their preparation and anticipation state (.50) while Mexicans show a moderately positive correlation between the two variables (.24). The items under anticipation indicate a desire

Authors: Zhong, Mei. and Lee, Suman.
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Cultural Adaptation Factors and States
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the fact that most Korean managers have been in the Mexican culture and away from
home for a while. They may have lost the early excitements. On the other hand, most
Mexicans have been in the company for a shorter time due to the high turnover rate that
they may be experiencing the exciting early stages yet. The same reasons may explain the
next scores about the valley state which more Koreans are experiencing (2.98) than
Mexicans (2.30). Finally, and quite significantly, more Mexicans (4.02) are experiencing
the smooth stage compared to Koreans (2.97). We believe that this has to do with the
overall familiar living environment in Mexico culture provides a more comfortable
setting for Mexicans than Koreans, that they feel more at home in general. After all, when
the day’s work is done and our of the work site, the Mexicans are living on their own
homeland.
Pearson Correlation
As for the correlation test, first of all, the fact that eight and seven of all 15
hypotheses for each group were supported, suggests that an individual’s adaptation
conditions are important factors correlating with his/her adaptation states. Second, our
results show a general tendency for positive conditions such as preparedness and
communication skills, to be correlated with positive states (i.e., peak, smooth) of an
individual in the international organization. Subsequently, there is a general tendency for
positive conditions to correlate negatively with the valley state, the most obvious
negative stage of a person’s adaptation process.
Specifically, Koreans show a very strong positive correlation between their
preparation and anticipation state (.50) while Mexicans show a moderately positive
correlation between the two variables (.24). The items under anticipation indicate a desire


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