Language management in multinational companies

Alan J. Feely, Anne‐wil Harzing

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The importance of language management in multinational companies has never been greater than today. Multinationals are becoming ever more conscious of the importance of global coordination as a source of competitive advantage, and language remains the ultimate barrier to aspirations of international harmonisation. The article reviews the solutions open to multinational companies in term of language management. Before that, however, it discusses the aforementioned trend to globalisation outlines the dimensions of the language barrier and illustrates its consequences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-52
Journal Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • language management
  • multinational companies
  • language barrier


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