Department of Economics and Business Economics

The fit between national culture, organizing and managing.

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  • School of Economics and Management
We hypothesize a fit betwen national cultural environment of the organization and contingency variables subject to managerial discretion. Such a hypothesis implies that national cultures is a contextual variable in contingency thoery and uses emperically derived culture contingency theory to argue that national culture chracteristics affect management's choices as to how to organize and manage people.  A tightly matched population of 4400 city managers from 14 Western countries constitutes strong material for the analysis as cultural and behavioral variables were directly analyzed. Findings suggest that bureaucratic tools of management are positively correlated with uncertainty avoidance and masculinity and negatively correlated with individualism. In addition, relationship management is negatively correlated with power distance but positively correlated with individualism. Normative aspects of management are negatively correlated with uncertainty avoidance. We derive a number of important implication for organization design theory and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganization Design. : The Evolving State-of-the Art
EditorsRichard M. Burton, Bo Eriksen, Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson, Charles C Snow
Number of pages19
Place of publicationNew York
Publication year2006
Pages103 - 121
ISBN (print)0-387-34172-2 (HB)
ISBN (Electronic)0-387-34173-0 (e-book)
Publication statusPublished - 2006

    Research areas

  • organizing, culture, managing

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