Language Management in a Multinational Workforce: The Knowledge Worker Perspective

  • Anne Kari Bjørge Norwegian School of Economics
  • Sunniva Whittaker Norwegian School of Economics

Abstract

Organisations recruiting knowledge workers worldwide face a considerable challenge with regard to the choice of corporate language. The use of English as a lingua franca is often perceived as the most obvious option. However, there may be good arguments for using the host country language even in cases where the language in question is relatively small and the English skills of the local population are high. Our paper reports on the results of a study of a Nordic organisation that has chosen the local language as its corporate language. We investigate the implications for the employees’ professional and social identity and also discuss the language ideology underlying this choice. The study is based on both interviews and a survey conducted among both local and international members of the organization.

Published
2017-03-13
How to Cite
Bjørge, A. K., & Whittaker, S. (2017). Language Management in a Multinational Workforce: The Knowledge Worker Perspective. HERMES - Journal of Language and Communication in Business, 27(54), 137-160. https://doi.org/10.7146/hjlcb.v27i54.22952
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