Managing language perspectives on an international career (GLOMO ITN)



In response to pressures of globalisation and language diversity,multinational corporations (MNC) are increasingly adopting commoncorporate language (CCL) policies across their operations. Researchhas demonstrated, however, that adopting a CCL, while promotingcommunication in the company, might have adverse effects, especially atthe individual micro- level, where most employees are non-native speakersof the CCL. Varying levels of proficiency might upset the balance of powerrelations among employees and might engender feelings of insecurity andinferiority. The main research question this project aims to address is howthe implementation of a common corporate language (CCL) affects thecareers and short- and long-term prospects of multinational corporations?employees. The study will build on a qualitative case study approach withsemi-structured in-depth interviews. Since a central hypothesis is that thelevel of proficiency in the CCL as a second language plays an important role,proficiency will be included as a variable. Confirmation of this hypothesiswill suggest that CCL effective implementation requires a specially designedsupport framework, which aims to aid and motivate employees in thetransition.


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