In BOSS Blog 1, I mentioned the authoritative study by Beugelsdijk and Welzel (2018) on cohorts of people born in over 100 countries from 1900 to 2000 that found there is substantial change in national culture. In terms of Hofstede dimensions: Across the 20th century, individualism goes up (and power distance goes down) Across the … Read more BOSS Blog 3: Trust and distrust in society
Culture change’s consequences This is Gert Jan Hofstede speaking, with the second blog in my BOSS series (Basics of Social Science). In BOSS Blog 1, I mentioned the authoritative study by Beugelsdijk and Welzel (2018) on cohorts of people born in over 100 countries. The study found that from 1900 to 2000 there is substantial … Read more BOSS Blog 2: Cultures change. So what?
This is the first of a series of blogs I intend to publish here. I call them BOSS for Basics of Social Science. They are intended for a general audience of people who need science to help them solve real-world issues. The aim is to address topics that I think are important, with a view … Read more BOSS blog 1: Do cultures change?
A much-awaited event is the appearance of the official Chinese translation of the bestselling ‘Cultures and Organizations, software of the mind’, 3rd edition by Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede and Michael Minkov. A launch event is foreseen for May 10th 2019. We’ll try to keep you posted. Meanwhile, you can keep an eye on your … Read more Expected: Cultures and Organizations 3rd ed in Chinese
Gert Jan took this seven-minute interview when he accepted his extraordinary professorship at North-West University (NWU), he a distributed university in South Africa (previous post at www.geerthofstede.com). He answers questions about his work on artificial sociality and about safety culture. This latter topic is one of the spearheads of the centre for risk management of … Read more Gert Jan in Joburg on Artificial Sociality and safety culture
Risk culture The Centre for Applied Risk Management at North-West University in Johannesburg supports the industry in South Africa. It investigates both the technical and the social aspects of risk management, as well as their interactions. This implies a focus on risk culture, and a systems perspective. Gert Jan’s role Gert Jan’s focus on agent-based … Read more 19 November: Gert Jan to accept professorship in Johannesburg
Hello all of you cross-cultural researchers that want to include Slovenia in your studies. Here is the Slovenian translation of the VSM 2013, thanks to Andreja Terpotec . Thank you Andreja! Some methodological advice Reader, since you are reading this, will you please, please spread the message that no, the VSM is *not* an individual-level questionnaire … Read more VSM 2013 now also in Slovenian
A worthwhile read Here is a worthwhile article By Rosalie Tung and Günther Stahl, for those of you interested in research methodology. Unfortunately, it is not Open Access. I (Gert Jan Hofstede) do not normally quote articles at this place, but this one nicely summarizes where the field is at. Rigour and relevance at odds, … Read more A history and agenda for research on culture in business
If you want to model culture in virtual agents, you first need to give them a motivational system. This is what we, a set of researchers in EU-project eCute, did in the study reported here. We created the virtual world of TRAVELLER. The agents in this world have an emotional life driven by status worthiness … Read more Modelling culture in intelligent virtual agents