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Language competencies, policies and practices in multinational corporations: A comprehensive review and comparison of Anglophone, Asian, Continental European and Nordic MNCs

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  • Harzing, Anne-Wil
  • Pudelko, Markus
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    The importance of language differences in multinational companies (MNCs) can hardly be overlooked. This paper therefore provides the first large-scale quantitative overview of language competencies, policies and practices in MNCs. It is based on data from more than 800 subsidiaries, located in thirteen different countries with headquarters in more than 25 different countries, which were aggregated into four distinct home country clusters. This comprehensive study allows us to differentiate prior conceptual or case-based findings according to home, host and corporate languages and to develop managerial implications which vary according to the different country clusters.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of World Business.

    Volume (Year): 48 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 87-97

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:48:y:2013:i:1:p:87-97

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    Keywords: Language competencies; Corporate language; Language policies and practices; Multinational corporations; Comparative management;

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