In a cultural No Man’s Land – or, how long does culture shock last?

Hanne Tange (1)
(1) Department of Language and Business Communication, Aarhus School of Business, Fuglesangs , Denmark

Abstract

This essay is an attempt to combine theories of sojourner adaptation with the qualitative results of my field work among Scottish immigrants in Copenhagen. I argue that theories of acculturation often presuppose a limited time-frame; that the usefulness of Lysgaard’s acculturation model may be questioned; and that companies lose valuable intercultural competence by recalling sojourners before they have completed their process of integration. Learning from practice, I argue that sojourners will change as a result of their stationing overseas; that the intercultural skills obtained by employees during their sojourn represent a valuable resource for international business; and that companies have an obligation to assist sojourners upon their return to their home culture.

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Hanne Tange
hta@asb.dk (Primary Contact)
Author Biography

Hanne Tange, Department of Language and Business Communication, Aarhus School of Business, Fuglesangs

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Hanne Tange, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the Department of Language and Business communication, Aarhus School of Business.

ADDRESS: Department of Language and Business Communication, Aarhus School of Business, Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, Denmark. E-mail: hta@asb,dk. Phone: 0045 89 48 65 89.

Tange, H. (2005). In a cultural No Man’s Land – or, how long does culture shock last?. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 5(3), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v5i3.413

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