Cognitive Change among Foreign Managers in Japan’s IT Sector

Abstract

There is a large volume of research on foreign worker adjustment, though little has taken on the issue of cognitive change. In particular, Japan, despite being considered a "difficult" culture for foreigners to access, has been lagging as a topic of study in since the end of the Bubble Era two decades ago. Japan however is a major employer of foreign IT workers and increasingly home to innovations in that industry. This original qualitative study includes six cases interviewed in summer and fall 2013. These reveal that changes occur in cognition, metacognition, behavior as evaluated or explained by the interviewees. These are presented and discussed with implications for foreign workers and their managers in Japan. Some implications relate to skills in advice seeking, support network, self management, change in metaphor, change in behavior and change in expectations. Some cases evince changes as measured by the DMIS (Bennet, M. 1993 in Pusch 2009)



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William Baber, Kyoto University, Japan

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Conference: ACP2014
Stream: Psychology

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