Foreign language competence as a career enabler: Employee motivation to develop foreign language competence in the technology industry

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Vaittinen, Joonas
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-16T11:35:48Z
dc.date.available 2016-08-16T11:35:48Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/21336
dc.description.abstract The primary goal of this thesis is to gather the opinions from a variety of people working in the technology industry in an attempt to gain an in-depth understanding of how foreign language competence can be utilized in the contemporary work environment. The secondary goal of this study is to examine respondent attitudes towards foreign language competence development. This study utilizes Carrera's (2005) framework to classify the respondents into eight distinct motivation categories. Additionally, the content of the answers is analyzed in order to study foreign language competence as a career enabler in the technology industry. The research method utilized in this thesis is text analysis based on respondent answers to a qualitative, open-ended research question included in a survey initially sent out to approx. 3500 Tekniikan akateemiset ry. members. The low frequency of intrinsically highly motivated language learners in the field of technology implies that unless the employer utilizes the employees' secondary language skills or provides language training opportunities for them, their language competence may deteriorate. This may result in a loss of soft skills for the employer, lower employee satisfaction and potentially higher turnover rates, as well as a decrease in the employability and career opportunities for the employee. Employees in the technology industry seem to be the most motivated to foreign language competence development when the learning is voluntary, and the employees can directly apply their language skills in practical situations: in order to become and remain employed in the industry, to integrate better into the work group and/or the local society, or to become eligible for favourable career opportunities such as a foreign assignment. en
dc.format.extent 69
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Foreign language competence as a career enabler: Employee motivation to develop foreign language competence in the technology industry en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Management Studies en
dc.subject.keyword foreign language competence
dc.subject.keyword competence development
dc.subject.keyword career development
dc.subject.keyword career enablers
dc.subject.keyword motivation
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201609083550
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Kansainvälinen liiketoiminta fi
dc.programme.major International Business en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.subject.helecon kansainväliset yhtiöt
dc.subject.helecon international companies
dc.subject.helecon kielitaito
dc.subject.helecon language proficiency
dc.subject.helecon viestintä
dc.subject.helecon communication
dc.subject.helecon osaaminen
dc.subject.helecon competence
dc.subject.helecon kehitys
dc.subject.helecon development
dc.subject.helecon urakehitys
dc.subject.helecon career development
dc.subject.helecon motivaatio
dc.subject.helecon motivation
dc.ethesisid 14514
dc.date.dateaccepted 2014-05-23
dc.location P1 I


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