Employee commitment to corporate globalization: The role of English language proficiency and human resource practices

Sachiko Yamao, Tomoki Sekiguchi

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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
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1



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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing

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