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Dynamic Diversity: Variety and Variation Within Countries
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business.
2009 (English)In: Organization Studies, ISSN 0170-8406, E-ISSN 1741-3044, Vol. 30, no 9, 933-957 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

National models of social action over-privilege continuity and uniformity. They discount change — which they lack the capacity to explain (other than through exogenous shocks) — and neglect diversity within countries. This paper focuses on the national culture model which it argues requires commitment to illogical arguments and to suppositions which are theoretically and empirically untenable. An evaluation of each, it is argued, points to the existence of, and possibilities for, considerable national diversity and change — not pervasive and enduring national uniformity. Reflecting on the model’s rise and fall in anthropology, the paper also provides an outline explanation of its retention within organization studies and speculates about its future within that discipline.

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2009. Vol. 30, no 9, 933-957 p.
Keyword [en]
action agency diversity incoherent culture knowledge community national culture organizational culture practice values
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55831OAI: diva2:406979
Available from: 2011-03-29 Created: 2011-03-29 Last updated: 2011-05-06Bibliographically approved

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