Birds of different feathers? The relationship between multicultural personality dimensions and foreign language mastery in business professionals working in a Dutch agricultural multinational
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SourceInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations, 35, 5, (2011), pp. 540-553
10 maart 2011
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Communicatie- en informatiewetenschappen
International Journal of Intercultural Relations
SubjectProfessional Communication; Responsible Organization
The relationship between personality dimensions, measured with the Multicultural Personality Questionnaire (MPQ), and foreign language mastery were studied in a Dutch-based multinational company in the agricultural sector. In a survey, differences were studied between internal and external stakeholders to determine whether MPQ dimensions and language mastery allow us to discriminate between them. The internal stakeholders were divided into international and non-international employees; external stakeholders were the business contacts of the international employees (clients and business partners based or working abroad). The international employees were found to be more open-minded and flexible than the non-international employees, and the former group was found to be more emotionally stable than the group of business contacts. On average, the international employees reported speaking one foreign language more than both other groups. Also, the number of foreign languages correlated with the multicultural personality dimensions open-mindedness and emotional stability. It is concluded that emotional stability, openmindedness, and the number of spoken foreign languages are to some extent predictive of differences between the various stakeholders distinguished in this sample.
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