Employee commitment to corporate globalization

The role of English language proficiency and human resource practices

Sachiko Yamao, Tomoki Sekiguchi

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Abstract

We investigate factors affecting the commitment of non-native English-speaking employees to the globalization of their firms, focusing on the role of self-perceived English language proficiency and human resource (HR) practices. By surveying 693 non-native English speakers in Japan, we found that their self-perceived English language proficiency and HR practices that promote learning a foreign language have direct and interactive effects on the affective and normative commitment to their firms' globalization. It is important for firms based in non-Anglophone countries to promote English language proficiency of their employees through HR practices when they consider globalizing their operations to other countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-179
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of World Business
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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Normative commitment
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Affective commitment

Keywords

  • Commitment to change
  • Globalization of the firm
  • HR practices
  • Language proficiency
  • Non-native English-speaking employees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance

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Employee commitment to corporate globalization : The role of English language proficiency and human resource practices. / Yamao, Sachiko; Sekiguchi, Tomoki.

In: Journal of World Business, Vol. 50, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 168-179.

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