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Culture's consequences - conclusive or inconsistent?,
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This review is from: Culture's Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutions and Organizations Across Nations (Paperback)
I am reading Hofstede's Culture's Consequences (2001) 2nd edition as part of my literary review for my Masters dissertation.
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.