Organisational Effectiveness of Immigrant Staff in Australia: Sustaining a Culturally Diverse Workforce

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Title Organisational Effectiveness of Immigrant Staff in Australia: Sustaining a Culturally Diverse Workforce
Author Lund, Daniel; Hibbins, Raymond Thomas; Barker, Michelle Carmel
Journal Name The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability
Editor Amareswar Galla and Mary Kalantzis
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Common Ground Publishing Pty Ltd
Abstract The organisational effectiveness of staff members in the performance of their work duties is an important component of the sustainability of any enterprise. Rigorous qualitative studies examining the organisational effectiveness of immigrants in Western contexts are lacking. The present study addresses this research gap, incorporating a qualitative interview study with 16 newcomer immigrant staff members of a large tertiary education provider in Queensland, Australia. The literature establishes that the organisational effectiveness of staff members is positively linked to individuals' new-country and organisational adjustment. The present study explores these concepts as they relate to the immigrant newcomers of the sample. The most prominent adjustment themes found in the study are those pertaining to difficulties associated with the difference in cultural norms and behaviours, the economic hardship of living in Australia, and the desire to receive more personalised organisational induction. Practical and theoretical contributions are offered, in the area of Human Resources Management, which advance the understanding of organisational effectiveness of immigrant newcomer staff members, in relation their new-country and organisational adjustment.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://ijs.cgpublisher.com/
Alternative URI http://www.ijs.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.41/prod.305
Volume 3
Issue Number 3
Page from 79
Page to 88
ISSN 1832-2077
Date Accessioned 2007-09-09
Date Available 2009-10-07T06:25:48Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/17508
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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