Exploring Culture: Exercises, Stories and Synthetic Cultures truly brings Geert Hofstede's five dimensions of national culture to life.
This unique training book contains an abundance of exercises, dialogues, stories and simulations that put the five dimensions of culture (power distance, collectivism versus individualism, femininity versus masculinity, uncertainty avoidance and long term versus short term orientation) into action. Derived from these five dimensions are what Hofstede calls synthetic cultures: ten "pure" cultural types.
Exploring Culture is arranged to follow the classic culture learning sequence of gaining awareness, knowledge and skills. Part light, part serious, but always thought-provoking, the book provides more than 75 activities, dialogues and stories for readers to explore and discuss. Exploring Culture is an outstanding resource for trainers and educators and the perfect complement to Hofstede's popular Cultures and Organizations.
Part I: Stories and Exercises
1 Worlds Apart in One Village
2 Culture: The Rules of the Social Game
Part II: Synthetic Cultures
3 The Ten Synthetic Culture Profiles
4 Getting to Know the Synthetic Cultures
5 Dialogues in Synthetic Culture Role
6 Summing Up
Part III: Group Work and Similuations
7 Group Work for Cross-Cultural Learning
8 Using Synthetic Cultures in Simulations
9 The Trade Mission
10 Follow-the-Sun Global Technology Team
Geert Hofstede is a Dutch social psychologist who did a pioneering study of cultures across modern nations. Geert is an international authority in the field of cross-cultural social psychology and is cofounder of the Institute for Research on Intercultural Cooperation at Tilburg University, where he also serves as a senior fellow. Culture's Consequences and Cultures and Organizations are two of the books for which he is best known. Gert Jan Hofstede, son of Geert Hofstede, is a senior researcher and assistant professor in information technology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He has authored four books and numerous articles. Paul B. Pedersen is professor emeritus at Syracuse University and visiting professor, Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii. He is a well-known author and authority in the field of cross-cultural counseling. His best-known book is Handbook of Cross-Cultural Counseling and Therapy. For more information, visit his website at suedweb.syr.edu/chs/pedersen
Geert Hofstede: www.geerthofstede.com and www.geert-hofstede.com Gert Hofstede: www.gertjanhofstede.com/
”What a gold mine of information! What a wealth of material! Exploring Culture is a book that gives the interculturalist real substance and real tools in the same volume. I congratulate the authors for having constructed a masterpiece in intercultural training.”—David Crookall, Ph.D., Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Editor, Simulation and Gaming
”Full of both practical approaches to intercultural learning and gems of insight into how the HOfstede dimensions work out in the real world, [Exploring Culture] will likely become a dog-eared resident of every intercultural practitioner’s bookshelf.”—John W. Bing, ITAP International
Exploring Culture is an impressive addition to…intercultural training, expertly written by three leaders in the field. Must reading for anyone concerned about the effectiveness of people working and living in other cultures.”—Nancy J. Adler, Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada