Hofstede and Trompenaars� Cultural Dimensions

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					Trompenaars’ Cultural
    Dimensions

                      by
          Sigrid Brevik Wangsness
            2 and 16 March 2011
    Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-
    Turner: Riding the Waves of Culture


   What kind of competence /experience do
    these authors have? Explain the main
    aspects of their research. What kind of book
    is this? (What did Hofstede say about it?)
   According to the authors, what does this
    book attempt to do?
   The authors are critical of many modern
    management philosophies. Why? (Examples,
    for instance “pay-for-performance”)
    Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner:
            The Meaning of Culture

   Explain in some detail what T and H-T mean by
    culture, including the concepts of layers, norms
    vs. values, basic assumptions.
   Which other authors use a similar model?
   To what extent do people of the same culture
    have identical norms and values? Cp. the
    French and American cultures from the point of
    view of “normal distribution”. Explain.
Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner:
     The Basis of Cultural Differences


   According to T and H-T, there are three
    major categories of human experience
    (“universal problems”) that distinguish
    cultures. Which?

   T and H-T identify seven fundamental
    dimensions of culture. Which? Explain.
Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner:
     The Basis of Cultural Differences

   Study T’s examples of cultural dilemmas.
    Find the scores for your culture. Is this a
    correct description of it, do you think?
   What are the major differences between
    T&H-T’s dimensions and the categorizations
    you have studied earlier? (Compare f. ex.
    Gesteland, Hofstede and Trompenaars).
Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner:
      The Basis of Cultural Differences

   How do T and H-T define and explain
    stereotyping, and what are the dangers they
    see in using cultural stereotypes?
   T and H-T insist that cultures are not static
    points on a dual axis map, and thus their
    categories are not mutually exclusive (vs.
    Hofstede). How do they perceive the
    positions of cultures on the various
    dimensions?

				
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