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Multiculturalism in the workplace: the impact of the Individualism and Collectivism on a multinational team in Ireland

Santamaria, Valentina (2020) Multiculturalism in the workplace: the impact of the Individualism and Collectivism on a multinational team in Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Due to Globalization, more companies have the chance to hire people from all around the world, creating a multicultural workplace.

Dublin is certainly part of this reality, as in 2020 almost 700 multinational companies are located in the city (IDA Ireland, 2020). The topic of Multiculturalism in the workplace is the main theme of several research topics conducted during the years, and the author of this dissertation focuses their attention on a specific study made in 1980: Hofstede’s Six Cultural Dimensions.

The purpose of this research is to explore one of the six dimensions studied by Hofstede (1980): Individualism. The author chose this particular dimension as it can influence social behaviour (Kulkarni et al., 2010), and the relationships within a team.

With this study the author aims to examine the impact that individualist people have on a multicultural team in a multinational company in Dublin, and if there is a connection between Individualism and the commitment to a company.

For this purpose, the researcher has conducted qualitative analysis, and fourteen semi-structured interviews were carried out. All the participants are employees of the company chosen, that for privacy reasons is named “Company X”.

One of the findings of this study shows that individualist people don’t impact the harmony of the team, on the contrary, they are enthusiastic for working in a multicultural environment, and are concerned about the relationships created within the team.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Diversity
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in Management
Depositing User: Dan English
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2021 14:25
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2021 14:25
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4683

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