Cultures and Organizations: Software for the Mind
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
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 dimensions ...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 b ...more
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 mathematic ...more