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Lost in Translation : How Linguistic Diversity among Indians in the UAE shapes Organizational Life

Sasikumar, Hrishikesh (2022) Lost in Translation : How Linguistic Diversity among Indians in the UAE shapes Organizational Life.

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Abstract:The financial prosperity of the United Arab Emirates is in no small part due to the country’s immense diversity and inherent multiculturalism. Indians, in particular, make up a significant chunk of the population of the UAE. However, while this diversity is almost universally viewed as a boon for any organization, in practice, it can pose numerous challenges that may be difficult to work around. Linguistic diversity within a workforce has the potential to exclude people who do not speak a certain language by creating informational and social boundaries that may be difficult to cross. This study is an attempt in understanding how Indians employees working in the UAE experience and perceive the linguistic diversity that exists in their organization, and how this diversity can both facilitate and disrupt organizational processes. The findings of this study reveal that handling diversity is a delicate job, about which organizations are simply not doing enough, and that this inaction can have detrimental consequences to both the health of the organization, and the mental health of its employees. Suggestions are made on how organizations can create a more inclusive, welcoming organizational culture where employees from all over the world may be able to feel at home, along with directions for future research in the same field.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:18 languages and literature
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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