Gert Jan speaks at Global Food Safety Conference

Food Safety is an issue of great importance to industry and consumers worldwide. The annual Global food Safety Conference travels the world, catering for industry and other stakeholders. Last week the 2017 edition took place in Houston, with 1200 delegates attending.Gert Jan held an invited keynote on Food Safety Culture. He argued that the same … Read more

VSM 2013 now available in 18 versions besides English

The VSM 2013 is being translated by researchers into the languages they need. Usually they do this painstakingly with back-translations. If researchers send us their version, we put it on the site for others to use.Today, the following languages are available: Arabic, Bosnian, Brazil, Chinese, German, Greek, Bahasa Indonesia, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Persian, Polish, Russian, … Read more

Gert Jan to speak in Vienna on ‘Dark side of culture’

Gert Jan Hofstede will speak at the Christmas event of Sietar Austria. With perhaps a slight Freudian touch, his topic will be ‘The dark side of culture’. The lecture will take place Friday 25 November in Vienna. You can read more at the Sietar Austria site  here.

Gert Jan Hofstede on ‘Culture, a wall or a curtain?’ in Japan

Gert Jan Hofstede spoke at a cross-cultural management conference ‘the culture factor‘ in Japan. It was organised by itim Japan in collaboration with CicomBrains. Gert Jan delivered a keynote on the them ‘Culture, a wall or a curtain?’ (pdf). It played on the symbolic difference between these two words. Japanese are known to have used the word … Read more

Geert Hofstede to receive yet another Honorary Doctorate

On 21 October 2016, Geert Hofstede is to receive a Honorary Doctorate from Galati University in Romania. You can read more about is at this site. If your Romanian is substandard, you can first change the language to English.

A song to Gert Jan’s lecture on numbers in HR

As said in a previous blog on this page, Gert Jan Hofstede will speak on numbers in HR in Helsinki on 27 October at a Finnish HR conference. This is not a new concern. In 1974, Guy Béart, the French master of light-footed clever songs, wrote ‘La Vénus mathématique’. The first verse goes like this: … Read more