Published in Asian Social Science, Volume 3, Issue 11, November 1, 2007, pages 16-32. Copyright © 2007 by Richard A. Colingnon, Chikako Usui, Harold R. Kerbo and Robert Slagter. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Published by Canadian Center of Science
Foreign direct investment from transnational corporations across Southeast Asia provides an opportunity to examine the cross-cultural workplace. Most research on cross-cultural workplace takes place in developed countries, but little has been done on the cross-cultural workplace in developing countries. We examine the extent and determinants of organizational commitment among 959 Thai employees in 10 Japanese and American transplant corporations in the Bangkok area. These data were supplemented with in-depth interviews of Thai, Japanese and US managers in 24 transplant corporations and follow-up interviews. Consistent with the literature, we found higher levels of identification and behavioral commitment among employees of U. S firms. In addition, confiding in one’s supervisor was positively related to both identification and behavioral comment in Japanese firms. Finally, females were more behaviorally committed in Japanese firms while males had significantly more identification commitment in U.S. firms.
Social and Behavioral Sciences