Models for Comparative Analysis of Culture: The Case of Poland

The International Journal of Human Resource Management , Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 606-623, August 1999

18 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2009

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Emanuela Todeva

St. Mary's University; Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development

Date Written: January 20, 2000

Abstract

This paper examines the main theoretical frameworks for analysis of comparative cultural attitudes. A critical discussion of the work by Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck, Hofstede and Trompenaars leads to a new theoretical approach for study of the national cultural attitudes and norms of behaviour. A methodology based on action research is designed to compare the ‘internalized’ norms of behaviour with the ‘perceived’ norms. Two different but complementary techniques are applied to a small sample of Polish students to investigate Polish cultural attitudes using Hofstede’s dimensions. SigniŽ cant discrepancy is found between what people perceive and communicate in public as the ‘national cultural norm’, and what they have internalized as cultural attitude and norm of behaviour. The Ž ndings from this exploratory research indicate that there are different levels of internalization of cultural attitudes, and that respondents express different cultural values in response to different research tools.

Keywords: Comparative culture, cultural predispositions, transformation in eastern

JEL Classification: Comparative culture, M14, M12

Suggested Citation

Todeva, Emanuela, Models for Comparative Analysis of Culture: The Case of Poland (January 20, 2000). The International Journal of Human Resource Management , Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 606-623, August 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1458564

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