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URN etd-0208119-111138
Author Chiu Luna Youling
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Department Global Human Resource Management English MBA Program
Year 2018
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title A Qualitative Study Exploring the Application of Experiential Learning Theory in Multi-Cultural Working Environment
Date of Defense 2019-02-26
Page Count 92
Keyword
  • Kolb’s Learning Theory
  • Culture Difference
  • Newcomer
  • Self-directed Learning
  • Culture Adjustment
  • Abstract This thesis is qualitative research on searching for a model for culture learning and adjusting the process. To identify how newcomers cope and adjust themselves in organizations overseas. Twelve participants were interviewed in-depth semi-structured interviews, they all fulfilled the sampling criteria. It was a group of (1) age 20 to 35 people, who (2) have been working in that country for (3) less than 2 years. There were overall 6 different nationalities who were working in 10 different countries.
    To seek the answer to three research questions. The first research question found out that Kolb’s learning theory explained the culture development process well, especially in experiencing and reflecting sections. The second part highlighted self-directed learning people are willing to adapt themselves not only to be changed to cope with the environment but also to change the organization if they have changed. They could position themselves in good timing to show their advantages as well as ask for support with their weaknesses. Past transition experience(s) helps the newcomers to overcome the difficulties faster. The last part showed that environmental support helps the individual to cope and adjust to the new environment easier and faster, in order to reach higher performance. 
    Key words: Kolb’s Learning Theory, Self-directed learning, Newcomer, Culture Adjustment, Culture Difference.
    Advisory Committee
  • François Bouchetoux - chair
  • Muhammad Mazhar - co-chair
  • Linda Chen - co-chair
  • Kayode Odusanya - advisor
  • David McConville - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2019-03-08

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