Does corporate language influence career mobility? Evidence from MNCs in Russia

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Researchers

Research units

  • St. Petersburg State University
  • University of Vaasa

Abstract

The paper investigates how corporate language influences the career mobility of MNC employees in Russia. We apply human capital theory to show how language may be valued in an organizational context. In our work we use a framework that demonstrates that corporate language may act as a glass ceiling. The results show that employees in Russian MNCs with a lower level of corporate language skills will be less likely to consider vertical and horizontal career mobility than employees with a higher level of these language skills. Equally, employees in Russian MNCs with a lower level of corporate language skills will be less likely to consider internal and external career mobility than those employees with a higher level of these language skills. We prove that corporate language may act both as a barrier and as a facilitator for the career mobility of employees in Russian MNCs who have different levels of corporate language skills.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-373
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Management Journal
Volume34
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Career development, Career mobility, Corporate language, Language skills, Multinational corporations, Russia

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