Cross-Cultural Adaptability of Organizational Change Interventions

7 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2008

Date Written: November 13, 2007


This article discusses the ability of the change agent, or OD practitioner to use intervention techniques across different cultures. It is proposed that a contingency approach must be employed in prescribing the appropriate technique, and that certain cultural typologies are helpful in deciding which intervention is most appropriate. In particular, the article uses the provided by Hofstede, Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck, and Trompenaars, to show how change management must be adapted to various cultural parameters.

Keywords: OD, change management, cultural adaptation

JEL Classification: M10

Suggested Citation

Rarick, Charles A., Cross-Cultural Adaptability of Organizational Change Interventions (November 13, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

Charles A. Rarick (Contact Author)

Purdue University Calumet ( email )

Hammond, IN 46323-2094
United States

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