Identity Theory for n-Culturals

  • Andre A. PekertiEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Emerging Cultural Perspectives in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Studies book series (SSCOW)


In this chapter, I address the premise that cross-cultural organizational psychology and international management need to explore the topic of multiculturalism beyond biculturalism. A number of theories are presented to explain the foundations, the concepts, and the mechanisms that are relevant in n-Culturalism. The chapter extends the conceptualization of bicultural individuals beyond the existing accepted definition, namely individuals who have strong identification and internalized these cultures as well as being able to speak both cultures’ languages. In particular, I explore identity and social identity theories in their current usage and apply the frameworks to n-Culturalism.


Bicultural Commitment Identity theory Identification Internalize Internalization Internal Knowledge Multicultural n-Cultural Social structure mechanism Social identity theory Salience 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UQ Business SchoolThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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