Cultures and Organizations: Software for the Mind / Edition 2

Cultures and Organizations: Software for the Mind / Edition 2

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by Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede
     
 

ISBN-10: 0071439595

ISBN-13: 9780071439596

Pub. Date: 09/12/2004

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

The landmark study of cultural differences across 70 nations,

Cultures and Organizations helps readers look at how they

think—and how they fail to think—as members of groups.

Based on decades of painstaking field research, this new edition

features the latest scientific results published in Geert

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The landmark study of cultural differences across 70 nations,

Cultures and Organizations helps readers look at how they

think—and how they fail to think—as members of groups.

Based on decades of painstaking field research, this new edition

features the latest scientific results published in Geert Hofstede’s

scholarly work Culture’s Consequences, Second Edition. Original

in thought and profoundly important, Cultures and Organizations

offers vital knowledge and insight on issues that will

shape the future of cultures and nations in a globalized world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071439596
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
09/12/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the revised edition
A guide through this book
1Levels of culture3
2More equal than others23
3I, we, and they49
4He, she, and (s)he79
5What is different, is dangerous109
6Pyramids, machines, markets, and families139
7Virtue versus Truth159
8From fad to management tool177
9Intercultural encounters207
10Surviving in a multicultural world235
AppendixReading mental programs247
Glossary260
Bibliography264
Name index270
Subject index273

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Cultures and Organizations: Software for the Mind 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Lolzy More than 1 year ago
Hofstede is, of course, the pioneer of culture studies in business and organizations. This book is a simpler and more accessible version of the more comprehensive - but also more difficult, 'Culture's Consequences'. He begins with an excellent overview of culture and its levels and explains the concept of cultural `dimensions' - aspects of culture that can differentiate and measure differences among different cultural groups. The book then proceeds to present the four dimensions of culture that he identified as a result of a massive survey he conducted on IBM employees in 72 countries in 1968 and again in 1972. Additional data was later collected from other countries and populations, outside IBM, and used to verify and enhance the original results. However, in this book, Hofstede discusses his four original dimensions of culture: Power Distance; Uncertainty Avoidance; Individualism & Collectivism; and finally Masculinity & Femininity. The fifth dimension which was later added based on results from the Far East and Asia - Long- versus Short-Term Orientation - is not discussed in this book. Despite that, it remains a very valuable and highly readable introduction to the topic from the man who pioneered the field and popularized it among business people, multinationals and business researchers alike. Hofstede also uses these dimensions of culture to 'classify' organizations to different types according to where they fall on the Power Distance vs. Uncertainty Avoidance grid. The discussion is highly informative and touches on Mintzberg's theories as well typical models of organization in different cultures. In Part Four, he discusses how intercultural encounters are affected by these dimensions and how awareness and acceptance of these differences can yield more effective results.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a pioneering book, which provides a generalist approach to dealing with cross-cultural issues with many excellent examples. Hofstede was one of the first to bring the study of how culture affects human interaction into the field of business. The quantifying approach is very similar that cultural anthropologists use. As with all pioneering works there is some criticism about conflict resolution as other reviewers have pointed out. Another central criticisms of this model has been that nation state and culture are always presumed to be the same. Local culture does not follow political boundaries. Some readers might be tempted to think of people in simple categories, which is precisely what Hofstede counsels that we should attempt to avoid. Cultures and organizations gives good insights on how 'Groupthink' controls our lives and how we could improve interaction. This is a good book for international managers and students of culture.