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Factors of Culture Adaptation and Adaptation States in a Multicultural Organization
Unformatted Document Text:  Cultural Adaptation Factors and States 7 job and be successful at work, etc.). Therefore, these above factors are recognized by these researchers and we would like to investigate, through this study, these factors in a person’s adaptation effort and the stages the person is at. It should be noted that although both Korea and Mexico are similar on most of the cultural dimensions, the two groups we studied may have some variations from the norm of their culture. The Korea managers are typically well-educated and many have western organizational trainings and therefore, may have taken on some non-traditional Korean cultural traits. Meanwhile, the Mexican workers in this study are residents of the border city, Tijuana. Being in such close proximity to the United States which is mostly the opposite of typical eastern cultures, of which Mexico seems to follow along, Tijuana is recognized as not very typical of Mexico either. However, it really is a mixture since many workers also come from the more inland rural areas, as we found out during the process of data collection. These patterns and values are important to note especially when we use them to analysis our results. Hypotheses Based on previous literature, we have determined four factors as influential in determining the stages or states in an individual’s culture adaptation process. Recognizing that fact that these participants are living in the process of adaptation, we prefer to use states in this study. The factors are (a) the length of time an individual spends in or in contact with a second culture; (b) the preparation a person has in terms of proficiency of the language and the amount of knowledge about the second culture; (c) expectation of the individual about life in the second culture (i.e., goals they want to

Authors: Zhong, Mei. and Lee, Suman.
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Cultural Adaptation Factors and States
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job and be successful at work, etc.). Therefore, these above factors are recognized by
these researchers and we would like to investigate, through this study, these factors in a
person’s adaptation effort and the stages the person is at.
It should be noted that although both Korea and Mexico are similar on most of the
cultural dimensions, the two groups we studied may have some variations from the norm
of their culture. The Korea managers are typically well-educated and many have western
organizational trainings and therefore, may have taken on some non-traditional Korean
cultural traits. Meanwhile, the Mexican workers in this study are residents of the border
city, Tijuana. Being in such close proximity to the United States which is mostly the
opposite of typical eastern cultures, of which Mexico seems to follow along, Tijuana is
recognized as not very typical of Mexico either. However, it really is a mixture since
many workers also come from the more inland rural areas, as we found out during the
process of data collection. These patterns and values are important to note especially
when we use them to analysis our results.
Hypotheses
Based on previous literature, we have determined four factors as influential in
determining the stages or states in an individual’s culture adaptation process.
Recognizing that fact that these participants are living in the process of adaptation, we
prefer to use states in this study. The factors are (a) the length of time an individual
spends in or in contact with a second culture; (b) the preparation a person has in terms of
proficiency of the language and the amount of knowledge about the second culture; (c)
expectation of the individual about life in the second culture (i.e., goals they want to


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