REFLECTIONS ON COLLECTIVISM IN THE ROMANIAN ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE

Posted On Feb 22 2017 by

In this paper I try to synthesize the main dimensions of collectivism as opposed to individualism, as they appear in Cultures and Organizations. Software of the Mind. Intercultural Cooperation and Its Importance for Survival, the book that Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, and Michael Minkov published in 2012. Then I add the considerations of Hampden-Turner and Trompenaars about individualism versus communitarianism, and their formula of reconciling opposite values. Based on these ideas, I offer some reflections on our national culture’s traits which give us some hints of our people’s specific collectivist mentality, and of the impossibility of applying the reconciling …


TOWARDS A GLOBAL CULTURE: AN ORGANIZATIONAL PROJECT

Posted On Jul 23 2014 by

In the last thirty years positive and negative connotations have been attributed to globalization and its related issues. While interpretations on the advantageous side envision the images of ‘one world,’ ‘one culture,’ and support the idea of international cooperation, the opposite reactions, however, signal the fears of developing and underdeveloped countries. To its supporters, globalization advocates ‘inter-culturality’, which is a cultural model patterned by the Western countries, mainly the Anglo-American ones. Yet, globalization poses a threat to the growing economies of developing countries as well as to their culture-based state ideologies since a suggested over-all cultural hegemony is high on …