Productive Diversity: Exploring Common Ground through Cultural Analysis

By Annette E. Craven, Pat LeMay Burr and Erika Valdez.

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The purpose of this exploratory research was to determine areas of commonality using (a) Hofstede’s cultural dimensions (power distance, individualism, masculinity, and uncertainty avoidance); (b) regional/country profile data ; and (c) the corruption perception score in order to explore how productive diversity can emerge among the Arab Nations, Israel, and the US. This study involved a qualitative methodology, a document analysis, which is used “to evaluate historical or contemporary confidential or public records, reports, government documents, and opinions.” The document analysis includes the works of Geert Hofstede, the CIA World Factbook, and the 2007 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. This study is neither an economic nor a sociological analysis and offers no related interpretations in these disciplines. The researchers chose the CIA World Factbook because it contained data sources for 2006-2008 for all of the countries identified in Hofstede’s work on cultural profiles. However, it should be noted that procedures for computing many indices (poverty rate, unemployment rate, investment rate, etc.) differ contingent upon the country of origin as each country chooses its own methodology for the reporting of data. This study is not intended to provided comparative analyses of the data extracted from the CIA World Factbook or the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index; rather, it is exploratory in nature and is intended to serve as a platform for future refined, more detailed, research that may incorporate quantitative and mixed methodologies in the analysis of these and other cultures and regions/countries.

Keywords: Productive Diversity, Cultural Dimensions, Hofstede

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 12, pp.61-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 939.326KB).

Dr. Annette E. Craven

Associate Professor, HEB School of Business & Administration, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX, USA

Annette E. Craven, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Management at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX, and teaches Business Research, Human Resource Management, and Cross-Cultural Business Communication.

Dr. Pat LeMay Burr

Distinguished Professor, International Business, H-E-B School of Business & Administration, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX, USA

Dr. Burr is Distinguished Chair of International Business at UIW and directs the Center for International Peace Studies. This research developed, in part, upon her Fulbright-Hays assignment in Kuwait.

Erika Valdez

Graduate Research Assistant, H-E-B School of Business & Administration, University of the Incarnate Word, TX, USA

MBA Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant, McNair Scholar, H-E-B School of Business & Administration, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX.

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