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Incoherent Culture
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business.
2009 (English)In: European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, ISSN 1758-1516, Vol. 1, no 1, 22-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Culture is implicitly defined in most national cultural and multi-cultural studies as coherent. Each culture is supposed to be a holistic contradiction-free pattern, creating and sustaining uniform and enduring practices. This paper, whilst acknowledging the causal (but not deterministic) influence of culture, argues that all cultures are incoherent – they contain contradictions and other forms of heterogeneity. Thus we should be hesitant about relying on uniform cultural depictions of any group – national, ethnic, gender, community, organisational or whatever else – and be open to identifying and acknowledging diversity of cultures and practices within such populations.

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2009. Vol. 1, no 1, 22-25 p.
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Business Administration
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55833OAI: diva2:406984
Available from: 2011-03-29 Created: 2011-03-29 Last updated: 2011-05-06Bibliographically approved

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