In order to compare the level of comfort among different sub cultural groups at multicultural work places in the national context, several observed and unobserved variables (comfort scales) are described. The inter city differences in Italian cities in terms of the level of comfort among various sub cultural groups are studied. The results obtained from the comparison of multi cultural workplaces from different large Italian cities are presented and analysed. The paper finds there is no significant ‘city’ effect on most of the comfort scales when analysed from the responses from several large Italian cities. Impact of other control variables like ‘gender’, ‘age groups’, ‘income – groups’ on the derived comfort scales is analysed and documented.
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Level of comfort with foreign cultures (CFC) is one of the critical variables in the ease of working in multicultural work teams. In an increasingly multi-cultural working environment in corporations, the observed and latent behavior influences the working relationship amongst employees and has great weight on individual and team performance. This paper investigates level of comfort among employees, which is influenced by the observed and latent behavior at multinational work places in three countries. A framework has been developed and implemented in Italy, Portugal and India, with a controlled sample design to ensure the cultural diversity. Paper analyses that there is a significant ‘country’ effect on many CFC scales. The Mean score differences based on each of the comfort with foreign culture variables among Portugal, Italy and India are also significant, indicating level of comfort of local cultures with foreign cultures differs from country to country.
Key Words: Inter-cultural comfort; Cross cultural teams; Multicultural work places; Cultural identity
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Geert Hofstede studied the cultural dimension in multinational firms which play significant role in the professional conduct of employees. Fifth dimension was supplemented on a cross cultural study of Chinese Confucius behavior. In the changing global cross cultural conduct at work place, the firms are facing more challenges than ever before in forming and performing in multi-location and multi-national teams. This study attempts to read the variables to build a framework which measures the Level of Comfort (LoC) between local culture and foreign culture in the multinational firms. The framework developed is also tested on a pilot study with 200 respondents from 10 countries. Results show that Level of Comfort can be measured through a structured questionnaire and also that this level of comfort vary among countries included in the study.
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