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Analysis of cultural differences between Croatia, Brazil, Germany and Serbia

Ekonomska Istrazivanja, Mar 2014, Vol.27(1), pp.818-829 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Analysis of cultural differences between Croatia, Brazil, Germany and Serbia
  • Author: Podrug, Najla ; Filipovic, Davor ; Stancic, Ines
  • Found In: Ekonomska Istrazivanja, Mar 2014, Vol.27(1), pp.818-829 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Brazil ; Croatia ; Germany ; Serbia ; Studies ; Globalization ; Economic Growth ; Comparative Analysis ; Cultural Change ; Latin America ; Eastern Europe ; Western Europe ; Experiment/Theoretical Treatment ; Social Trends & Culture ; Economic Conditions & Forecasts
  • Language: English
  • Description: In the context of globalisation process and the growth of economical interdependence between countries, national culture is becoming more and more important. The article presents comparative analysis of national cultures. Empirical research was conducted during 2012 in Croatia, Brazil, Germany, Serbia and Spain while results for Spain were used for standardisation purposes. Estimated positions on the dimensions of national cultures (power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism/collectivism, masculinity/femininity and long versus short-term orientation) were done by using a narrow-sample strategy. The ranking of the countries from Hofstede's original research was confirmed in all dimensions with the exception of uncertainty avoidance for Croatia and Brazil. The most significant change is the move from collectivism towards individualism in Brazil, Croatia and Serbia which confirms Hofstede's assumption about a cultural change towards individualism as a consequence of global economic growth.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1331677X ; E-ISSN: 18489664 ; DOI: 10.1080/1331677X.2014.974915

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