Typologies of Culture

28 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2009

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Shalin Chanchani

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Paul Theivananthampillai

University of Otago

Date Written: July, 30 2009


Cultural related business research requires robust frameworks for analysis and application of this complex phonomena. Business research has largely relied upon and applied Hofstede's dimensions to cultural problems. This study investigates and discusses plausible alternatives (Triandis, Trompenaars and Fiske) to Hofstedeā€™s classification; identifies meaningful criteria to assess these classification, and; evaluate each classification against these criteria. The identified criteria are: simplicity; ability to transcend levels of analysis; lending itself to different research methods; providing richness in identifying themes, and; enabling a richer understanding cultural change. In addition to offering viable alternatives to Hofstede, this study suggests cultural researchers adopt a framework based on their research objectives; forwards criteria to shape and direct cultural research, and; provides researchers with a framework to develop more robust typologies

Keywords: Culture, classification, value, syndrome, reality

JEL Classification: A13, B16, B31

Suggested Citation

Chanchani, Shalin and Theivananthampillai, Paul, Typologies of Culture (July, 30 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1441609 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1441609

Shalin Chanchani

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Paul Theivananthampillai (Contact Author)

University of Otago ( email )


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