This qualitative empirical study examines cultural learning of Polish specialists in a Chinese subsidiary of a Western European MNC. Applying narrative inquiry, we explored what and how the expats learned through their collaborations, how they applied the new knowledge to better function in the multicultural and multilingual business context, and how they positioned themselves in relation to cultural others. We found that the expats’ learning was triggered by critical incidents. Interactions with local colleagues and observations of their behaviours allowed the expats to learn about culture-specific approaches to time management, employee management and working styles. Finally, the explicit knowledge acquired through studying served the expats as a framework through which they could interpret their intercultural experiences.
|Title of host publication||Managing Multilingual Workplaces : Methodological, Empirical and Pedagogic Perspectives|
|Editors||Sierk Horn, Philippe Lecomte, Susanne Tietze|
|Number of pages||18|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Series||Routledge Studies in International Business and the World Economy|