Posted by mjmedlock on May 8, 2012 in Intercultural management |

Hofstede: 5 Cultural Dimensions Geert Hofstede is one of the most influential researchers in the field of national culture.  His model of culture is comprised of five dimensions: Power distance Uncertainty avoidance Individualism vs.. collectivism Masculinity vs.. femininity Long- vs.. short-term orientation Power distance All societies have inequalities and hierarchies. These stem from such things […]

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Hall High Context & Low Context Cultures

Posted by mjmedlock on November 14, 2011 in Intercultural management |

Hall added several important ideas to cross-cultural analysis. His first contribution was the idea that cultures could be put into broad categories that he called high context and low context cultures. His is idea was that people show different characteristic styles of communication and relationship building depending on whether they grew up in a high […]



Cultural Analysis Kluckhohn & Strodtbeck

Posted by mjmedlock on November 11, 2011 in Intercultural management |

Kluckhohn & Strodtbeck were two early pioneers in theories about culture. They identified five, and later a sixth, orientations that they claimed culture groups tended towards. The importance of their work lies in the influence that it has had on the development of theories by later researchers. The Kluckhohn & Strodtbeck Model Orientations                                                       Range of […]

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Cultural Analysis

Posted by mjmedlock on October 8, 2011 in Intercultural management |

Cultural analysis is important for international managers because they need to be able to predict what behavior is typical of the cultural group they are working with. Research into cultures is needed to establish a scientific to give managers valid tools for conducting an analysis. Most cultural analysis models are based on comparative models. These […]

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Resolving Universalist and Particularist Dilemmas

Posted by mjmedlock on January 8, 2011 in Intercultural management |

The topic of this TED talk is actually to do with practical wisdom, but it is useful for students of intercultural management as well becuase illustrates some examples of how to approach resolving intercultural dilemmas; in particular the universalist vs particularist dilemma. Use Barry Scwartz’s approach to think about how you would resolve other intercultural […]

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