Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind, Third Edition
The revolutionary study of how the place where wegrew up shapes the way we think, feel, and act--with new dimensions and perspectives Based on research conducted in more than seventy countries over a forty-year span, Cultures and Organizations examines what drives people apart—when cooperationis so clearly in everyone‘s interest. With major new contributions from Michael...more
As usual, I'm going to make my case on why you should read it rather than the Wikipedia summary (oh, yes, there are a few cliffnotes on the author's cultural dimensions Wiki page)
This book represents several decades of research, all around the globe, so nothing is passed off as "but those are the (insert nationality here), they're crazy". In his worldwide interviews and surveys, Hofstede discovered certain dimension ...more
In our g ...more
Still, I do believe the book is too long and that the author could have make it a more compact r ...more
I am currently working on my doctorate in global leadership, and I was hoping that this text would be a great resource for my program. Though the book contains some very good information and some intriguing insights, much of it is a very long recount of the authors' research, along with reasons why their research is so good and others' so lacking. The last few chapters were interesting but filled with so much opinion and culturally-laden "should" and "should not" statements tha ...more
This is a must rea ...more
Interpretation of data is always tricky, because correlation doesn't imply causation and even when your explanation of the effect seems plausible to you, it doesn't mean it's correct. Never trust your ow ...more
The book offers and synthesis of Geert Hofstede's scientific model of intercultural differences. It presents the details of the 5 factors differentiating cultural values (and much more).
It is a 'short' version (560 pages) of his work, easy to read and meant for non-academics. The long and detailed version of his academic work is found in his other book "Culture consequences".
It is important to buy the last edition. Compared to the previous edition, the last edition to this date (2010) brings s ...more
There are a lot definitions of what culture and what values are. Most of them are in the form of romantic poetry, personal experience and feelings. What Hofstedes actually did, they quantified value systems, gave them names, dimensions and showed how values for different cultures differ ( or cultures for different cultures differ, which way you like :)). However the most important stuff to take from the book is the fact that even Western countries differ a lot. This is e ...more
The only thing that is common for both is masculinity, that both ...more
I especially liked the parts that show biases in studies and manuals themse ...more
It is not a 'commercial book' in the sense of a short and concise read, but rather a discussion about an extensive research conducted by the authors, examining the results and their practical implications.
A very interesting book that reveals and reminds us the strong and long-lasting influences of the environment where we grow up.
Something we may take to be personality nevertheless can still be traced back to the environment, the society, the invisible hand of culture that shapes one's mind. One can fight it or embrace it, either way, it's not to be ignored.