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The upside of cultural differences: towards a more balanced treatment of culture in cross-cultural management research

Stahl, Günter K., Miska, Christof, Lee, Hyun-Jung and De Luque, Mary Sully (2017) The upside of cultural differences: towards a more balanced treatment of culture in cross-cultural management research. Cross Cultural and Strategic Management, 24 (1). pp. 2-12. ISSN 2059-5794

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Identification Number: 10.1108/CCSM-11-2016-0191

Abstract

Purpose –This introductory paper to the Special Issue encourages scholars to look at commonly considered phenomena in international business and cross-cultural research in new ways and to theorize and explore how cultural diversity, distance, and foreignness create value for global organizations. These considerations should result in a more balanced treatment of culture in cross-cultural management research. Design/methodology/approach – The idea that there are negative consequences associated with cultural differences is pervasive in hypotheses formulation and empirical testing in international business and cross-cultural management literature, as reflected in widely used constructs such as “cultural distance”, “cultural misfit”, “foreignness”, and related concepts. Consistent with a Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) perspective on culture and cultural differences, the authors emphasize the positive role of distance and diversity across national, cultural, institutional, and organizational dimensions. In addition, they provide an overview of the contributions to the Special Issue. Findings – Examining the positive side of culture is not only beneficial theoretically in terms of filling the existing gaps in the literature, but is also crucial for the practice of international and global business. Accordingly, the contributions to the Special Issue highlight how explicitly considering positive phenomena can help better understand when and how cultural diversity, distance, and foreignness can enhance organizational effectiveness and performance at multiple levels. They include five research papers, a Distinguished Scholar Essay by Kim Cameron, the founder of the POS movement, and an interview piece with Richard Nisbett, a pioneer researcher in culture and cognition.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/ccsm
Additional Information: © 2017 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Organisational Behaviour Group
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 16:22
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 01:40
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68277

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