EMPLOYEE ATTITUDE SURVEYS IN A MULTINATIONAL ORGANIZATION: CONSIDERING LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN ASSESSING MEASUREMENT EQUIVALENCE

EMPLOYEE ATTITUDE SURVEYS IN A MULTINATIONAL ORGANIZATION: CONSIDERING LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN... The cross‐cultural equivalence of a multinational employee opinion survey was examined using multiple‐groups covariance structure analysis to examine 4 scales in 4 countries. Cultural and linguistic influences were considered by assessing equivalence across 2 pairs of countries having the same language but different cultures (U.S. and Australia, Mexico and Spain) and across countries differing in culture and language (U.S. and Mexico). The measure was equivalent across U.S. and Australian samples only. Analyses indicated items that were the source of lack of invariance. One cause explored was translation problems. Practical issues in assessing measurement equivalence in employee opinion surveys are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Personnel Psychology Wiley

EMPLOYEE ATTITUDE SURVEYS IN A MULTINATIONAL ORGANIZATION: CONSIDERING LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN ASSESSING MEASUREMENT EQUIVALENCE

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0031-5826
eISSN
1744-6570
D.O.I.
10.1111/j.1744-6570.1999.tb01812.x
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Abstract

The cross‐cultural equivalence of a multinational employee opinion survey was examined using multiple‐groups covariance structure analysis to examine 4 scales in 4 countries. Cultural and linguistic influences were considered by assessing equivalence across 2 pairs of countries having the same language but different cultures (U.S. and Australia, Mexico and Spain) and across countries differing in culture and language (U.S. and Mexico). The measure was equivalent across U.S. and Australian samples only. Analyses indicated items that were the source of lack of invariance. One cause explored was translation problems. Practical issues in assessing measurement equivalence in employee opinion surveys are discussed.

Journal

Personnel PsychologyWiley

Published: Mar 1, 1999

References

  • The interaction between national and organizational value systems
    Hofstede, Hofstede
  • Equivalence of cross‐cultural data: An overview of basic issues
    Poortinga, Poortinga
  • A cross‐cultural study of need satisfaction and need importance of operative employees
    Slocum, Slocum; Topichak, Topichak; Kuhn, Kuhn
  • A cross‐cultural comparison of job satisfaction dimensions in the United States and Singapore
    Spector, Spector; Wimalasiri, Wimalasiri

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