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Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind : Intercultural Cooperation and Its Importance for Survival
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Each of the cultural difference dimensions is based on real research -- not just a theoretical idea. Each of them is introduced with a telling anecdote, that is almost as powerful as the statistical study.
I found lots of new information here, lots of new understanding. Most amazing to me is the fact that relatively close cultures have profound differences -- such as France and Sweden. Also amazing is the fact that these differences are of extreme duration -- reaching back thousands of years.
The author recognizes the problems that these differences bring to business and politics in an international setting. There do not appear to be any easy answers.
I highly recommend this book!
Knowing the differences in cultures and how to use them to everyone advantage is critical to your company's success. Ignore this one at your own peril, because at least one of your competitors is starting to implement the knowledge already. We started using the information by the time I got through the second chapter. Our Executive Coaching business is highly successful in changing corporate culture to produce the maximum benefits and returns with the resources available to top management because we factor in these differences. This book has become an indispensable reference for several of our programs.
In comparison to Hostede's book "Culture's Consequences", this work is intended to be more accessible and less of a professional research text. While I'm sure the author attained this aim, I still find "Cultures and Organizations" to be a very dense read: many of the best conclusions are to be found buried between tables and outlines of research surveys. Even as a mathematician with a strong background in statistics, wading through this material was arduous, and I found myself frequently skimming in order to locate some of the many helpful observations and conclusions that Hofstede does offer. My concern is that I undoubtedly missed some of his gems as a result of my need to hop and skip through some paragraphs and passages.
I read this book in order to stimulate my thinking on cross-cultural issues of followership (the complementary idea to leadership). It has filled that purpose, but I will have to do much to further distill and simplify Hofstede's presentation for my own readers.
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