Language Matters: Status Loss and Achieved Status Distinctions in Global Organizations

@article{Neeley2013LanguageMS,
  title={Language Matters: Status Loss and Achieved Status Distinctions in Global Organizations},
  author={Tsedal B. Neeley},
  journal={Organ. Sci.},
  year={2013},
  volume={24},
  pages={476-497}
}
How workers experience and express status loss in organizations has received little scholarly attention. I conducted a qualitative study of a French high-tech company that had instituted English as a lingua franca, or common language, as a context for examining this question. Results indicate that nonnative English-speaking employees experienced status loss regardless of their English fluency level. Yet variability in their self-assessed fluency-an achieved status marker-was associated with… Expand
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