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Culture's Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutions and Organizations Across Nations Paperback – 25 Mar 2003
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'The publication of this Second Edition of Culture's Consequences marks an important moment in the field of cross-cultural studies...for business researchers interested in doing cross-cultural work. A teaching aid for introducing the notion of cultural differences to business students, [it] provides an easy-to-understand framework with numerous examples of their practical applicability. Hofstede's framework for understanding national differences has been one of the most influential and widely used frameworks in cross-cultural business studies, in the past ten years' - Australian Journal of Management The long-anticipated Second Edition of a true classic is thoroughly updated with an expanded coverage and scope. This excellent work explores the differences in thinking and social action that exist between members of more than 50 modern nations and will be the new benchmark for scholars and professionals for years to come. It argues that people carry 'mental programmes' which are developed in the family in early childhood and reinforced in school and organizations, and that these mental programmes contain a component of national culture. They are most clearly expressed in the different values that predominate among people from different countries.
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The book is a rewrite of the ground-breaking 1980 first edition and includes data from many additional sources and countries. It is a heavyweight volume and I strongly suggest that you tackle it in sections and summarise or categorise after each one. The general theme of the book rests on the vast volume of data assembled from its original IBM study but now includes data from over 50 countries. Whilst the data collection is impressive, there are errors of omission in reporting his statistical methods in detail and how much evidence is garnered through statistics and how much through pure induction is unclear. Its sheer scale means it remains a paradigm but cross-cultural studies in the late 1990s and noughties (2000s) have overtaken it in scale and statistical approach. The first edition (1980) received accolades and heavy criticism and unfortunately this edition seems to be written as a rebuff against that criticism. There is little new in terms of research although Hofstede does lead the way out of academia into application with the addition of three chapters aimed at supporting further research and use of cultural dimensions. For a book of this length, I would have preferred to see far more detail on the choice of method versus the data but there is almost an embarrassed hiatus as we move from data collection to the dimensions themselves. This book is a must-read for anyone even remotely connected with cross-cultural study but do not accept it at face value.
This book is potentially amongst the most important reads for the 'dislocated' International families; we often refer to as Expatriates. It is, however, equally important to International HR managers, teams and possibly even to, for instance, exchange students and other open minded individuals.
The book covers one of the best longitudinal, global research studies that have ever been conducted. This brilliant and most valuable extensive research is presented in such a way that is that it resembles a 600 page manual, or even worse; a resemblance of a phone book.
I have, however, both as a professor, as well as a coach or consultant directed people towards research finding, and observation, of issues they were struggling with. Reading the findings and observations of large groups of people in similar situations has often times brought enormous understanding and resolve. I have had client's tell me that they learned a more valuable lesson concerning their expatriate situation from reading a few pages than they learned from their multiple management training courses.
That is way I still rate the book with a 5 start review.
Drs. Govert Doedijns MSc. Adjunct Professor in the Behavioural and Social Sciences and Senior Partner and M.D. of The Paris Institute
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The second addition notably adds references to a number of corroborating studies that have been collected over the more or less twenty years since the first edition. As an example, Appendix 6 contains references to well over 50 statistically linked research papers from other authors. The result is the collection in a single volume of a growing body of literature in the field, work that continues to define a kind of mental geography of culture.
When I first come upon Hofstede's research in the 1980's I was immediately taken with the extraordinary relationship between his mental geographies (charted by developing ratios between his four, now five, dimensions) and the physical proximity of real countries. In other words, the countries in his dimensions tended to cluster in similar ways to how countries cluster geographically. Of course there are counter-intuitive examples (e.g., Germany), but in many of those cases, the data helps break cultural stereotypes widely held about those countries.
Hofstede's original research focused on over 115,000 questionnaires provided to the worldwide employees of IBM. The premise behind using one company worldwide is that because the company is held constant, the data that can be examined for differences that can be attributed to country cultures. If IBM employees had been compared to, for example, government workers in different countries, organizational culture would have been implicated.
More recent studies (for example Michael Hoppe's dissertation work) tend to revalidate the country positions on the dimensions, showing only slow shifts in the data over time.
Over the years that I have used Hofstede's research in my practice, I have found it to be a touchstone by which people of all backgrounds can understand how culture influences business and other fields. I know that many, many other practitioners rely on his research approach as well.
The book is a compendium of much of the substantive cross-cultural research of the past half-century; it is an essential reference for students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners alike.