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8 Overall

8 Applicability

6 Innovation

7 Style


Recommendation

While author Mijnd Huijser may not add extra depth to the literature on national, organizational and team culture, he does a credible, helpful job of highlighting the work of pioneers in the field. His accessible approach features brief anecdotes about cultural dilemmas followed by explanations of the cultural issues at stake. The author’s “Model of Freedom” is a graphic representation of cultural axes and dimensions, though readers who are unaccustomed to such graphs may find it more confusing than helpful. getAbstract believes this useful book offers a brief, broad and somewhat casual beginner’s guide to the subject of culture in business – and provides interesting, accessible insights – and recommends it to those who need a solid introduction.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How cultures differ;
  • How cultural differences can affect business relationships; and
  • Why cultural differences can work to your advantage.
 

About the Author

Mijnd Huijser is the founder of a management and culture consulting company in Amsterdam. He is co-author of Profit of Peace: Corporate Responsibility in Conflict Regions.

 

Summary

Model of Freedom
With the right model, you can graphically represent different cultures, organizations, teams and players according to their cultural behavior. For example, the graphic “Model of Freedom” illustrates the full range of cultural behaviors across four segments: “authority, ...

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