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URN etd-0212118-014359
Author Chloe Ophelie Justine Tiozzo
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Department Global Human Resource Management English MBA Program
Year 2017
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title An investigation of culture shock and cultural adjustment in Britain, a case study of non-UK academics at Nottingham Trent University
Date of Defense 2018-03-12
Page Count 174
Keyword
  • U-curve theory
  • cultural adjustment
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • academics
  • Abstract Conceptualisations of sojourners cultural adjustment remain mostly focused on students studying at a foreign Higher Education institution. However, limited amounts of studies have researched the cultural adjustment journey of academics in a foreign country. As they can be potential permanent resident, it is important to understand their cultural adjustment journey on a personal and professional level. Lysgaard’s U-curve theory illustrates a model of cultural adjustment for immigrants as they are exposed to a foreign culture. This theory comprises dynamic self-transformation growth which involves excitement, stress, shock and adaptation. This study aims to understand non-UK academics cultural adjustment journey in Britain and in this specific case with the help of participants who are current non-British academics at Nottingham Trent University. Additionally, the secondary purpose of the study is also to check the validation of Lysgaard’s U-curve theory by pursuing semi-structured interviews with participants. Finally, organisational support within the university, in this case support provided to non-UK academics, will be investigated to understand how to facilitate cultural adaptation of foreign staff to optimise their professional performance and improve interactions between native and foreign colleagues. From the analysis it was found that the first stage of Lysgaard’s U-curve theory (Euphoria) was not always apparent in the study. By considering multiple models in the literature, in conjunction with Lysgaard’s U-curve theory, the first stage can be partitioned into three separate cases: Euphoria, Stress, Euphoria and Stress. Additionally, Berry’s multidimensional acculturation model appeared to be useful in understanding the final stage of Lysgaard’s theory, the Independent stage. As a result, Berry’s theory was also used in the model in order to breakout the Independent stage and understand what kind of acculturation the participants have developed at the end of their cultural adjustment journey.
    Advisory Committee
  • Linda Chen - chair
  • Sheng Hu - co-chair
  • Kayode Odusanya - advisor
  • David McConville - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2018-03-15

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