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Indigenous – foreign culture fit and public employee performance: the case of Ghana

Fred Awaah (Department of Business Administration, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana)

Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences

ISSN: 1026-4116

Article publication date: 27 December 2022




The study examines the relationship between the interaction of indigenous–foreign cultures and public employee performance (PEP) in the Ghanaian public sector due to the perceived unproductive cultures in the public sector.


The study employs a quantitative approach, where cross-sectional survey design is used to collect the data from Ghanaian public employees. The analysis is done using correlation and hierarchical regression techniques.


The results reveal that both indigenous and foreign cultures are pervasive in the Ghanaian public sector, with high power distance and individualism being dominant cultures. Furthermore, while the indigenous cultures have negative significant relationship with PEP, the foreign cultures have positive significant relationship with PEP. The foreign cultures effectively control the relationship between the indigenous cultures and PEP but insignificantly moderate such relationship.

Practical implications

The findings imply that deliberate attempts should be made to encourage the foreign cultures with attractive reward packages to induce workers. This will indirectly control the practice of the inimical cultures and ultimately reduce their negative effect on PEP.


The study contributes significantly to the extant literature by providing empirical evidence of the indigenous–foreign culture fit and PEP from a developing country, Ghana.



The author acknowledge the special contributions of Sam Kris Hilton, Solomon Yeboah, Jessie Folie, Andrew Tetteh, Dorcas Adomaa Addo, Emmanuel Ekwam and Emmanuella Heloo.


Awaah, F. (2022), "Indigenous – foreign culture fit and public employee performance: the case of Ghana", Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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