Human Resource coordinator with wide contacts and networks with Maori Pacific

Human resource coordinator with wide contacts and

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Human Resource coordinator with wide contacts and networks with Maori, Pacific and European businesses. The third key informant is an employee of a multinational company who has wide contacts with Asian and European businesses in Auckland. To better understand the underlying Maori, Pacific and Asian cultural values on business practices, the researcher spent considerable time with the key informants to familiarise herself with these cultures. Not only did they provide comparisons of Maori, Pacific and Asian business practices to mainstream European, but they also pin-pointed specific cultural values unique to these groups. For example, a common occurrence among Maori and Pacific businesses relates to tax payment difficulty, which is closely related to meeting collective demands from extended families and communities. On the other hand, the Asian key informant observes that Asians have cash reserves as evidenced by their asset ownerships including properties. To further acculturate with Maori and Pacific cultures, the researcher had lengthy discussions with Maori and Pacific friends from church and social networks regarding some of their cultural practices and terminologies. These discussions are further corroborated with extensive reading on literature that deals with these cultures (Crocombe, 2008; J. Patterson, 1992). Overall, the researcher had reflected on the cultural literature to become sensitised to possible challenges in understanding the researcher’s own and other ethnic groups’ cultural values. The researcher had also taken advice from others who were knowledgeable of the ethnic groups and had put in place strategies to minimise the problems which are inherent in researching across both familiar and less familiar ethnic groups.
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70 5.4.3 Naturalistic methodology This research adopts the naturalistic methodology by studying ethnic operators’ actions in their business lives without presuming what is important to them (Punch, 2005; Sarantakos, 2005). This methodology has two aspects, hermeneutic and dialectic. The hermeneutic aspect consists of “depicting individual constructions as accurately as possible” (Guba, 1990, p. 26) and the dialectic aspect consists of “comparing and contrasting the individual constructions [including the researcher’s] so that each respondent must confront the constructions of others and come to terms with them” (Guba, 1990, p. 26). According to Guba (1990), the aim of the hermeneutic-dialectic methodology is to produce informed and sophisticated constructions by keeping the channels of communications open. Hence the intention is not to predict and control the “real” world (such as in quantitative research) or to transform it (like critical research) but to tell the “world” of the participants by using Hofstede’s (2001) cultural framework to explain their worldview.
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