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Acculturation Strategies Among Ethnic Minority Workers and the Role of Intercultural Personality Traits

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Luijters, Kyra; Zee, Karen I. van der; Otten, Sabine

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Abstract In an increasingly diverse work context minority employees strive to place and define themselves in terms of work and cultural identities. Based on Berry’s acculturation model (1990), we defined and tested preferred acculturation strategies at work. It was predicted that the dual identity, reflecting strong cultural identity maintenance combined with strong team identity adoption, is the most preferred strategy at work. The present study among non-Dutch employees working in The Netherlands (N = 108) showed that the dual identity is indeed preferred over strong team identity adoption, but solely among minority members who are emotionally stable. It is argued that these people are competent in dealing with the extra conflict and diversity-related stress that this acculturation strategy produces.
Free Keywords diversity; acculturation at work; dual identity; emotional stability;
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 561-575
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 9 (2006) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430206067554
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)