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Factors of Culture Adaptation and Adaptation States in a Multicultural Organization
Unformatted Document Text:  Cultural Adaptation Factors and States 8 achieve); and (d) the person’s communication skills consisting of both verbal and nonverbal capabilities in order to interact with people of the second culture. Our purpose in this study, therefore, is to determine if and how these four factors may correlate with the four typical stages in a second culture adaptation process. These are the four states an individual is in: (a) the “eager anticipation stage” is named the anticipation state; (b) the peak state is the “everything is wonderful stage” described in the last section; (c) the valley state is the idea of the “everything is awful stage;” and (d) the smooth state is represented by the “everything is OK stage” as they appear in Dodd’s (1991) book. With the exception of “time” in the second culture and anticipation before entering (because anticipation happens before the time in contact with the second culture), we wanted to determine possible correlations among all other factors and states. Therefore, our research hypotheses are as follows: H 1: The level of preparation is positively correlated with one’s anticipation state. H 2: The level of preparation is positively correlated with one’s peak state. H 3: The level of preparation is negatively correlated with one’s valley state. H 4: The level of preparation is positively correlated with one’s smooth state. H 5: The level of expectation is positively correlated with one’s anticipation state. H 6: The level of expectation is positively correlated with one’s peak state. H 7: The level of expectation is negatively correlated with one’s valley state. H 8: The level of expectation is positively correlated with one’s smooth state.

Authors: Zhong, Mei. and Lee, Suman.
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Cultural Adaptation Factors and States
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achieve); and (d) the person’s communication skills consisting of both verbal and
nonverbal capabilities in order to interact with people of the second culture.
Our purpose in this study, therefore, is to determine if and how these four factors
may correlate with the four typical stages in a second culture adaptation process. These
are the four states an individual is in: (a) the “eager anticipation stage” is named the
anticipation state; (b) the peak state is the “everything is wonderful stage” described in
the last section; (c) the valley state is the idea of the “everything is awful stage;” and (d)
the smooth state is represented by the “everything is OK stage” as they appear in Dodd’s
(1991) book.
With the exception of “time” in the second culture and anticipation before
entering (because anticipation happens before the time in contact with the second
culture), we wanted to determine possible correlations among all other factors and states.
Therefore, our research hypotheses are as follows:
H 1: The level of preparation is positively correlated with one’s anticipation state.
H 2: The level of preparation is positively correlated with one’s peak state.
H 3: The level of preparation is negatively correlated with one’s valley state.
H 4: The level of preparation is positively correlated with one’s smooth state.
H 5: The level of expectation is positively correlated with one’s anticipation
state.
H 6: The level of expectation is positively correlated with one’s peak state.
H 7: The level of expectation is negatively correlated with one’s valley state.
H 8: The level of expectation is positively correlated with one’s smooth state.


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