Departmental Bulletin Paper 日本の組織文化への異文化受容 : タイ人社員のインタビューから見えてくるもの
Acculturation into Japanese Organizational Culture:Insights from Interviews with a Thai Employee

萩原, 孝恵  ,  萩原, 孝恵  ,  HAGIWARA, Takae  ,  ハギワラ, タカエ  ,  Hagiwara, Takae

11pp.64 - 72 , 2016-03-05 , 山梨県立大学
This longitudinal study aims to investigate the acculturation process of a Thai employee in the Japanese organizational culture. Two unstructured interviews have been conducted one year apart: after the informant’s first three-months on the job (August 2014) and a one-year follow-up (August 2015). Data obtained from these interviews are examined both quantitatively, through the text mining, and qualitatively, through the narrative analysis. The results of the analysis can be summarized as follows: 1) The usage of the vocabulary shows both the informant’s assimilation and adaptation to the Japanese organizational culture, while the narrative analysis reveals the informant’s uneasy feelings against the integration and differentiation. 2) An examination from the perspective of collocation demonstrates that a frequent use of the word dekiru (can), as observed in the first interview, is suggestive of the change from negative to positive in the informant’s self-image. 3) The informant’s certain speech procedures are found to have threatened rapport in the Japanese organizational culture. Experiencing such failure leads the informant, in the midst of acculturation process, to establish rapport strategies that better suit the Japaneseorganizational culture.

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