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ERIC Number: EJ797852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Cultural Constraints in the Workplace: An Experiential Exercise Utilizing Hofstede's Dimensions
Blanton, Karen Kniep; Barbuto, John E., Jr.
Journal of Management Education, v29 n4 p654-666 2005
This article describes an original exercise developed to apply Hofstede's cultural dimensions. The exercise creates simulated subcultures within a multinational organization. Managers are required to function in various subcultures as they work to develop an incentive plan with salespeople. Hofstede's dimensions are reviewed, followed by the exercise. We provide purpose, preparation requirements, instructions for facilitating and processing the exercise, student reactions, and strategies for understanding and applying the concepts. The authors also assessed content retention derived from participating in the exercise. In preliminary tests, three independent studies demonstrate significant improvements in content knowledge. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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