Commemorative article on Geert Hofstede

La mort fait voyager son monde tu vas plus vite que le son t’es partout sur la terre ronde t’es devenue une chanson Julos Beaucarne, Chandeleur ‘75 Reminiscing Julos Beaucarne’s wife was stabbed to death in 1975, and he commemorated her with beautiful songs. “You have become a song”, he says to her. Many people … Read more

BOSS Blog 12: Schizophrenia and your inner Trump

Parallel realities in the USA As I write this, the USA are in a massive state of schizophrenia, with parallel realities. President Donald Trump is refusing to admit electoral defeat in the presidential elections, and whipping up support for a conspiracy theory (“they stole these elections”). Meanwhile, president-elect Joe Biden is preparing his administration, using … Read more

BOSS Blog 11: Why do people do stupid things?

Save the date – well, no On 28 October 2020, I was scheduled to speak at Paradiso in Amsterdam for Science & Cocktails. The speech has been postponed again due to the 2nd CVID-19 wave, and is now expected in spring 2021. See here. This blog is a brief and partial rendering of my speech. … Read more

BOSS Blog 10: Status and power make the world go round

Does money make the world go round? “Money makes the world go round”. Not the gold, the paper, or even the information of it. What matters is the status and power that money can bring. Consider: o   With money, one can become a philanthropist and help people o   With money, one can buy weapons, sex, … Read more

BOSS Blog 9 – Corona across cultures

Corona across cultures By Gert Jan Hofstede, 2020 04 08 The corona pandemic is a big equalizer. We are all ants in the same huge human family hive that got infested by a tiny, deadly intruder. No, wait! The corona pandemic shames and isolates us, making us lonely individuals and isolated countries, hiding away, scared … Read more

BOSS Blog 8: The meaning of life

By Gert Jan Hofstede, 2020 03 18 My father died happy My father Geert died on 12 February this year, at age 91. He had lived through a difficult year. He’d drawn a bad lot: a debilitating disease gradually robbed him of the use of his hands, his legs, his other muscles, his speech. Yet, … Read more

Geert Hofstede passed away

Geert Hofstede passed away Geert Hofstede passed away on 12 February 2020, at the age of 91 years. He was ready to go, and surrounded by his family. Cross-cultural understanding Geert is one of the scholars from the 20th century whose work will endure. It is being used by tens of thousands of students and … Read more

Hofstede archive to be opened at Groningen University

Hofstede archive Geert Hofstede was thorough and read widely. He also did not leave any loose ends. During his long career, he created a vast wealth of documentation.  Guided by Geert, Iekje Smit and colleagues at Groningen University library collected the works and made them public. Opening ceremony 14 February 2020 Do you want to … Read more

Which is stronger, National or organizational culture?

White rhino versus tiger As a child, I asked my father which was stronger, a white rhino or a tiger. Vexingly, I never got a direct answer. Today, students ask me which is stronger, national or organizational culture. I give them a question in return: “Which is stronger, the climate or the weather?” Weather versus … Read more