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Factors of Culture Adaptation and Adaptation States in a Multicultural Organization
Unformatted Document Text:  Cultural Adaptation Factors and States 24 with any stage. We are puzzled by this result and would like to investigate more about the reasons behind. Overall, about half of the hypotheses are supported by this testing, some rather strongly. It is necessary to note that our intention was to examine a two-way adaptation – Koreans adapting to the large Mexican culture and Mexicans adapting to the unique Samsung organizational culture. The similar patterns of the supported hypotheses with both groups suggest that both cultural groups have similar understanding of the process and make similar efforts in adapting to the other. This general result shows support for the co-acculturation idea proposed by Lee and Broom (2002), that when two cultures come into contact, both need to make efforts to adapt to each other, rather than the traditional model of individuals from other cultures adapting to the host culture. We would like to argue that co-acculturation is the more ideal model for successful adaptation. Limitations Even though we feel that about half of the hypotheses were supported is sufficiently satisfactory for this study, we have noticed some points for improvement especially with the questionnaire design. Because this is an original design, we noticed that some of the items could have been interpreted differently by the two groups of participants. For example, expectation for Koreans may have more culture learning connotation, while for Mexicans, can mean more about job-related success. We are still unclear about the failure of time to show any correlation with the adaptation stage. We need to investigate it further to make sense of this finding.

Authors: Zhong, Mei. and Lee, Suman.
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Cultural Adaptation Factors and States
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with any stage. We are puzzled by this result and would like to investigate more about the
reasons behind.
Overall, about half of the hypotheses are supported by this testing, some rather
strongly. It is necessary to note that our intention was to examine a two-way adaptation –
Koreans adapting to the large Mexican culture and Mexicans adapting to the unique
Samsung organizational culture. The similar patterns of the supported hypotheses with
both groups suggest that both cultural groups have similar understanding of the process
and make similar efforts in adapting to the other. This general result shows support for
the co-acculturation idea proposed by Lee and Broom (2002), that when two cultures
come into contact, both need to make efforts to adapt to each other, rather than the
traditional model of individuals from other cultures adapting to the host culture. We
would like to argue that co-acculturation is the more ideal model for successful
adaptation.
Limitations
Even though we feel that about half of the hypotheses were supported is
sufficiently satisfactory for this study, we have noticed some points for improvement
especially with the questionnaire design. Because this is an original design, we noticed
that some of the items could have been interpreted differently by the two groups of
participants. For example, expectation for Koreans may have more culture learning
connotation, while for Mexicans, can mean more about job-related success.
We are still unclear about the failure of time to show any correlation with the
adaptation stage. We need to investigate it further to make sense of this finding.


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