Language-oriented human resource management practices in multinational companies

Authored by: Vesa Peltokorpi

The Routledge Companion to Cross-Cultural Management

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415858687
eBook ISBN: 9780203798706
Adobe ISBN: 9781135105709


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As companies expand internationally and their foreign operations become more dispersed, differences in natural languages start to influence communication within and beyond their boundaries (Van den Born & Peltokorpi, 2010). In order to cope with these challenges, multinational companies (MNCs) have language policies for corporate communication, documentation, and interaction (Marschan-Piekkari et al., 1999). Language-oriented human resource management (HRM) practices (e.g., language training) present the concrete means through which language policies are implemented and enacted in MNCs (Peltokorpi & Vaara, 2012).

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