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12 Wonderful Geert Hofstede Quotes

Geert Hofstede is a Dutch social psychologist and best known for his pioneering research in cross cultural groups and organizations. As a Professor Emeritus of Organizational Anthropology and International Management at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, he has created many notable works in the development of cultural dimensions theory. Here is a look at some of the most memorable Geert Hofstede quotes.

“Culture is more often a source of conflict than of synergy. Cultural differences are a nuisance at best and often a disaster.”

“Culture is the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one group from another.”

“Historically, religions that were tolerant of religious diversity have lost out against those that were more closed on themselves. Most empires have disintegrated from the inside.”

“In most collectivist cultures, direct confrontation of another person is considered rude and undesirable.”

“People going from Southern Italy to the North say that they feel cold not only for the different climate, but for the less “warm” approach in relationships.”

“Some societies and religions have a tendency to expand the moral circle and to consider all humans as belonging to a single moral community.”

“Studying culture without experiencing culture shock is like practicing swimming without experiencing water.”

“The animal responds to one type of problem in one way and to another in another; therefore the results obtained by different investigators, though different, are not incompatible.”

“The manner in which animals learn has been much studied in recent years, with a great deal of patient observation and experiment.”

“The way in which a group of people solves problems.”

“We are; therefore, we evolve.”

“Which animal the ruler should impersonate depends strongly on what animals the followers are.”

Check out this video of Geert Hofstede as he discusses the cultural dimension of power distance and the important correlations between it that will impact our future.

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