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Cultures and Organizations by Geert Hofstede
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The book gives you an insight of the cultural differences of nations and explains why behaviors/values/heroes/symbols have a certain meaning and how they start to evolve from inside the family. It is interesting to have a closer look into the "power distance" or the "avoidance uncertainty" concepts and understand how they reflect on people's mindsets and how they translate into organization's culture.

Still, I do believe the book is too long and that the author could have make it a more compact reading.

As a snapshot, I will let you with what the author says it is part of the book's message, to have a better understanding of his intent/conclusion that I seem to see at correct:

"Cultural programming starts in the environment in which a young child grows up, usually a family of some kind. It continues at school and than at work. Workers' behaviors is an extension of behavior acquired at home and at school. Managers' behavior is an extension of the managers' school and family experiences, as well as a mirror image of the behavior of the managed. Politics and the relationships between citizens are an extension of relationships in the family, school, and at work,and in their turn they affect these other spheres of life."
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Reading Progress

November 6, 2013 – Started Reading
November 6, 2013 – Shelved
February 2, 2014 – Finished Reading

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