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Measuring cultural perceptions of western project managers operating in the Asian region: Application of a cultural model

Richard Burchell (School of Business, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Anthony Gilden (DT&B Consultancy Ltd, Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 1 August 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to show how western project managers operating in Asia can employ a survey based on cultural dimensions and continua as a means to assist with managing a team of host national staff.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey based on a model of national cultural dimensions is described.

Findings

The results for this group of project managers suggest some utility for the Kets de Vries model of cultural dimensions as a means for cross‐cultural studies.

Research limitations/implications

The small sample size is a useful means of measuring cultural orientations in cross cultural research.

Originality/value

Previous use of this cultural model in survey form has not been reported and the approach shows promise as a means for improving cross‐cultural understanding.

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Citation

Burchell, R. and Gilden, A. (2008), "Measuring cultural perceptions of western project managers operating in the Asian region: Application of a cultural model", Management Decision, Vol. 46 No. 7, pp. 1052-1065. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251740810890212

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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