Cross-Cultural Analysis: The Science and Art of Comparing by Michael Minkov

By Michael Minkov

Cross-Cultural Analysis is the sequel to Culture's Consequences, the vintage paintings released through Geert Hofstede, some of the most influential administration thinkers in modern-day occasions. Hofstede's unique paintings brought a brand new study paradigm in cross-cultural research: learning cultural modifications via nation-level dimensions (complex variables outlined via intercorrelated items). This paradigm has been therefore utilized by 1000s of sought after students around the world and has produced reliable effects.

This new textual content takes the next move: It seriously examines in a single complete quantity the present, normal techniques to cross-cultural research on the point of countries which have been constructed in view that Hofstede's paintings, providing scholars and researchers the theoretical and functional merits and power pitfalls of every method.

The ebook is dependent into 4 specified components. elements I and II concentrate on the most theoretical and statistical matters in cross-cultural research utilizing Hofstede's technique and the various study tools now linked to it. half II involves shows of all famous (and a few lesser identified) large-scale cross-cultural reports due to the fact that Hofstede's paintings that experience defined cross-cultural version when it comes to dimensional versions. half III summarizes the most conclusions to be drawn from the shows partly II and l explains how the proposed types have contributed to our sensible realizing of cross-cultural range.

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This complexity has prompted some authors to doubt the usefulness of studies in which nations are the unit of analysis. But choosing a higher or lower level of analysis is not more logical and does not make things easier. Murdock (1940) Main Characteristics of Culture criticized anthropologists who believed that there was only one culture: that of all humanity. It is intuitively clear to people as they move from one country to another that they encounter very different cultures; merging them all in one is not helpful.

We can only await further interdisciplinary studies in the future that could elucidate this challenging issue. 8. Uncontrollability One of the eternal questions in culturology is what creates culture and cultural differences. This topic has been discussed by ◆ 31 many authors: Hofstede (2001), Inglehart and Baker (2000), Minkov (2011), van de Vliert (2009), Weber (1930), and White (1959/2007), to name just a few. In view of the rapid advance of culturology in the past few decades, the topic warrants a whole new treatise.

A nation’s culture can be dissected along various lines: regional, social, professional, ethnic, or other. This complexity has prompted some authors to doubt the usefulness of studies in which nations are the unit of analysis. But choosing a higher or lower level of analysis is not more logical and does not make things easier. Murdock (1940) Main Characteristics of Culture criticized anthropologists who believed that there was only one culture: that of all humanity. It is intuitively clear to people as they move from one country to another that they encounter very different cultures; merging them all in one is not helpful.

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