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Cooperation across Cultures: An Examination of the Concept in 16 Countries.
Mockaitis, Audra; Moustafa Leonard, Karen; Cosans, Christopher; Pakdil, Fatma
Businesses are coordinated organizations, and cooperation among employees reduces over- all organizational costs. Understanding how important cooperation is among different cultures is important, as business becomes increasingly global. However, cross-cultural literature on cooperation deals with firm alliances, joint ventures, and other firm inter- relationships, but not on societal differences in cooperation. Is cooperation similar across cultures? Using proxies, this study sought to operationalize cooperation and examine its underpinnings in countries, using the cultural dimensions of individualism and power dis- tance. Although the initial hypotheses stated that cooperation would look different across these dimensions, the international set of 6452 respondents showed that the overwhelm- ing majority had a similar view of cooperation. The study adds to our understanding of cooperation in different societies and contexts, and suggests that there may be a universal view of cooperation across cultures.
Keyword(s): Cooperation; Culture; Management; Individualism; Collectivism; Power distance
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): Mockaitis, Audra and Moustafa Leonard, Karen and Cosans, Christopher and Pakdil, Fatma (2012) Cooperation across Cultures: An Examination of the Concept in 16 Countries. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 36. pp. 238-247. ISSN 0147-1767
Publisher(s): Elsevier
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