Claiming too much, delivering too little : testing some of Hofstede’s generalisations. / McSweeney, Brendan; Brown, Donna; Iliopoulou, Stavroula.

In: Irish Journal of Management , Vol. 35, No. 1, 23.08.2016, p. 34–57.

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This paper considers Geert Hofstede’s claim that his national cultural ‘dimension scores’ and related rankings of countries enable effective prediction by examining a causal generalization he has repeatedly used to illustrate that capability. When tested against cross-sectional and longitudinal empirical data about industrial relations conflicts the generalization is shown not to have predictive power. A second generalization is then tested. It too fails to demonstrate predictive capability. The paper then discusses some characteristics of valid cross-national research in the light of these predictive failures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34–57
Number of pages24
JournalIrish Journal of Management
Issue number1
Early online date23 Aug 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Aug 2016
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