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A critique of Hofstede’s fifth national culture dimension
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Management & Organisation.
2003 (English)In: International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, ISSN 1470-5958, E-ISSN 1741-2838, Vol. 3, no 3, 347-368 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using indigenous knowledge of Chinese culture and philosophy, this article critiques Geert Hofstede’s fifth national culture dimension, i.e. ‘Confucian dynamism’, also referred to as ‘long-term orientation’. The basic premise on which the dimension is founded is scrutinized and the way in which this index has been constructed is assessed in detail. It is argued that there is a philosophical flaw inherent in this ‘new’ dimension. Given this fatal flaw and other methodological weaknesses, the usefulness of Hofstede’s fifth dimension is doubted. The article concludes by calling for new visions and perspectives in our cross cultural research.

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2003. Vol. 3, no 3, 347-368 p.
Keyword [en]
Chinese values, Confucian dynamism, cross cultural, Hofstede’s fifth dimension, long-term orientation, Yin Yang
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Business Administration
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56391DOI: 10.1177/1470595803003003006OAI: diva2:410927
Available from: 2011-04-15 Created: 2011-04-15 Last updated: 2015-09-22Bibliographically approved

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