Advancing intercultural competency: Canadian engineering employers’ experiences with immigrant engineers

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Author: Friesen, Marcia; Ingram, Sandra

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This paper explores Canadian engineering employers’ perceptions of and experiences with internationally educated engineers (recent immigrants to Canada) employed in their organisations for varying lengths of time. Qualitative data were collected from employers using focus group methodology. Findings reflected employers’ observations of culturally different behaviours and characteristics in their internationally educated employees, employers’ reactions to cultural differences ranging from negative attributions to tolerance, and the implementation of largely ad hoc intra-organisational strategies for managing cultural differences in employer-employee relationships. Findings exposed the lack of corporate intercultural competency in the Canadian engineering profession. Equity and gatekeeping implications are discussed.

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This paper explores Canadian engineering employers’ perceptions of and experiences with internationally educated engineers (recent immigrants to Canada) employed in their organisations for varying lengths of time. Qualitative data were collected from employers using focus group methodology. Findings reflected employers’ observations of culturally different behaviours and characteristics in their internationally educated employees, employers’ reactions to cultural differences ranging from negative attributions to tolerance, and the implementation of largely ad hoc intra-organisational ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Culture and society; Employment; Migration; Management; Research

Keywords: Cultural awareness; Employers; Skilled migration; Immigration; Migrants; Perception; Personnel management; Employer employee relationship; Work environment; Qualitative research; Organisational development

Geographic subjects: Canada; North America

Published: London, England: Taylor and Francis, 2013

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Journal title: European journal of engineering education

Journal volume : 38

Journal number: 2

Journal date: 2013

Pages: pp. 219-227

ISSN: 0304-3797; 1469-5898 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.650



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