The Acculturation of Knowledge Workers in Malaysian Industries

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In a competitive global economy, technology progress requires organizations to give high priorities towards the acquisition of knowledge among the workers. The acculturation of knowledge workers in Malaysian industries plays an important role in enhancing their competitiveness to enable them to adopt, adapt and invent objects in order to meet the challenges of their natural and social environment. This paper examines the patterns of the workers' cultural attributes and the relationship between the cultural attributes and their acquisition of knowledge. It also identifies the level of technological knowledge and factors that influence their computer literacy, and capabilities in R&D and innovation.

Keywords: Acculturation, Knowledge Workers, Innovation, Competitiveness
Stream: Knowledge
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Acculturation of Knowledge Workers in Malaysian Industries, The

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhani Bakri

Head of Department (Graduate Studies), Department of Human Resource Development, Faculty of Management and Human Resource Development, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Academic Qualification : Bachelor Degree (Anthropolgy and Sociology)
Master in Arts (Industrial Sociology)
Doctor of Philosophy (Techno-Sociology)

Teaching Experience : 23 years in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Field of Interest : Industrial Sosiology, Organizational Behaviour

Ref: H08P0104