am 7. April 1999
This is a slow read, but take heart, read it all and also read "Corporate Culture and Performance" by Kotter and Haskett. The tools for making your organization run smoother, more efficiently and be more fun to work in are documented here. It is not a cookbook of how-to's. It is the research report into how cultural differences underlay everything you want to accomplish. If you are in the international arena or have a diverse workforce you absolutely need to read this book.
Knowing the differences in cultures and how to use them to everyone advantage is critical to your company's success. Ignore this one at your own peril, because at least one of your competitors is starting to implement the knowledge already. We started using the information by the time I got through the second chapter. Our Executive Coaching business is highly successful in changing corporate culture to produce the maximum benefits and returns with the resources available to top management because we factor in these differences. This book has become an indispensable reference for several of our programs.
am 29. April 2000
If you want to have an international career, you absolutely have to read this book. It can change your way of looking at people in your surroundings. And for those people who want to live elsewhere, I also recommend this book strongly. You have to read it slowly but it will bring you a lot in trying to cope with your new environment. This a brilliant tool for the future. According to Geert Hofstede, every cultural problem that you ever encountered can be turned to your advantage if you are aware and understand them. This book offers vital knowledge in a time of globalisation.