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Cross-Cultural Analysis

Cross-Cultural Analysis
The Science and Art of Comparing the World's Modern Societies and Their Cultures

June 2012 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Cross-Cultural Analysis is the sequel to Culture's Consequences, the classic work published by Geert Hofstede, one of the most influential management thinkers in today's times. Hofstede's original work introduced a new research paradigm in cross-cultural analysis: studying cultural differences through nation-level dimensions (complex variables defined by intercorrelated items). This paradigm has been subsequently used by hundreds of prominent scholars all over the world and has produced solid results.

This new text takes the next step: It critically examines in one comprehensive volume the current, prevalent approaches to cross-cultural analysis at the level of nations that have been developed since Hofstede's work, offering students and researchers the theoretical and practical advantages and potential pitfalls of each method.

The book is structured into four distinct parts. Parts I and II focus on the main theoretical and statistical issues in cross-cultural analysis using Hofstede's approach and the different research methods now associated with it. Part II consists of presentations of all well-known (and some lesser known) large-scale cross-cultural studies since Hofstede's work that have explained cross-cultural variation in terms of dimensional models. Part III summarizes the main conclusions to be drawn from the presentations in Part II and l explains how the proposed models have contributed to our practical understanding of cross-cultural diversity.

PART 1: Understanding "Culture"
The Concept of Culture
Main characteristics of culture
The elements of culture
PART 2: Studying Culture
Types of cross-cultural studies: merits and pitfalls
Theoretical versus empirical perspectives
Cross-cultural comparability
Paper-and-pencil studies
Data Analysis
PART 3: Major Cross-Cultural Studies
Cultural dimensions across modern nations
PART 4: A Summary of the Observed Cultural Differences Across the Globe

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