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Workplace stress and well‐being across cultures: research and practice

Ronald J. Burke (York University, Toronto, Canada)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Article publication date: 9 February 2010



This paper aims to raise some important questions for cross‐cultural research on occupational stress and well‐being and sets the stage for the five papers in the special issue.


This paper reviews some previous literature on cross‐cultural understanding of occupational stress and well‐being, why such research is difficult to undertake, and summarizes the five original manuscripts that comprise this special issue.


Manuscripts in this special issue represent authors from several countries and report data collected from over a dozen countries. Some contributions attempt to replicate previous North American and European research findings in other countries while others undertake comparative studies of two or more countries.


It is important to undertake more cross‐cultural comparative research of the effects of occupational stress and well‐being to determine whether any boundary conditions exist for previous results based in North American and European samples. In addition, future research should include assessments of some national culture values.



Burke, R.J. (2010), "Workplace stress and well‐being across cultures: research and practice", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 5-9.



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