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Are National and Organizational Cultures Isomorphic? Evidence from a Four Country Comparative Study


  • Rune Ellemose Gulev

    (Faculty of Management Koper, University of Primorska, Slovenia)


This pilot study investigates whether organizational practices as observed through differing organizational cultures systematically replicate or reject national values. It is among the first to project delineated, narrow national cultural portrayals of Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Denmark against pattern-specific organizational cultures. Through country cluster analysis and correlation tests, the results achieve significance along all three dimensions. Trust allocations, authority perceptions and independence assertions were significant predictors for organizational traits of knowledge sharing practices, structure and control utilization, respectively. This demonstrates the value of assessing national values in conjunction with organizational culture in order to further understand the origins of corporate behaviour and the mechanisms that can help promote organizational effectiveness.

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  • Rune Ellemose Gulev, 2009. "Are National and Organizational Cultures Isomorphic? Evidence from a Four Country Comparative Study," Managing Global Transitions, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, vol. 7(3), pages 259-279.
  • Handle: RePEc:mgt:youmgt:v:7:y:2009:i:3:p:259-279

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    1. Milan Zver & Tjasa Zivko & Vito Bobek, 2004. "Is There a Gap in Economic Culture Between EU Countries and the Transition Economies?," Managing Global Transitions, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, vol. 2(1), pages 31-40.
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    national culture; organizational culture; multinational corporations; Europe;

    JEL classification:

    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business


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