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Impatto della cultura sui thinking style dei manager cinesi e australiani

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  • Francesco SOFO


  • Cinzia COLAPINTO


The thinking style profile is the basis of two important organizational processes (problem-solving and decision-making) and as such impacts significantly on company performance. The paper explores the thinking styles of Chinese and Australian managers and their reported preferences. Quantitative analysis of survey data from two thinking style inventories is conducted on a sample of 122 Chinese and 71 Australian public sector managers who completed Sofo’s (2002) Thinking Style Inventory (TSI) and Sternberg’s (1997) Forms of Thinking Styles (FTS). The TSI assesses preferences for different thinking styles: conditional, inquiry, exploring, independent and creative. The FTS assesses three thinking style preferences: legislative, executive and judiciary. The findings show that there were statistically significant differences between Chinese and Australian preferences for conditional, inquiry, exploring, independent, executive and judiciary styles of thinking, while there were no statistically significant differences for creative and legislative thinking style preferences. The implication of these differences is discussed.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2007-46.

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Date of creation: 10 Dec 2007
Handle: RePEc:mil:wpdepa:2007-46
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