Journal article

Brain drain: The cognitive neuroscience of foreign language processing in multinational corporations

Stefan Volk, Tine Koehler, Markus Pudelko

Journal of International Business Studies | PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD | Published : 2014


This article adopts a cognitive neuroscience perspective to develop theory about the consequences of foreign language use in organizational settings. In contrast to previous work that has focused on the interpersonal effects of foreign language use, we focus on intra-personal, cognitive processes that affect employee performance. Our model delineates how foreign language processing depletes cognitive resources, which can ultimately result in biased decision-making and reduced self-regulation. We discuss theoretical and practical implications of our model for international business research in the context of an increasing number of organizations that have adopted a common corporate language. ..

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