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BSL Professor presents “Non-Essentialist Model of Culture” at EURAM, Instanbul

BSL Professor Dr. Ganesh Nathan presented a paper on the topic “A non-essentialist model of culture: Implications of Identity, agency and structure within multinational/multicultural organizations” at the 13th EURAM – European Academy of Management in Istanbul at the Istanbul Conference Centre, June 2013.

Paper abstract

This paper first briefly clarifies the notions of essentialism versus non-essentialism and presents widely cited models of culture with varying dimensions: five (Hofstede), seven (Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner) and nine (GLOBE study) – referred to as the 5-7-9 cultural dimensions in this paper – and critiques the underlying notions of essentialism that can lead to ethical concerns restricting the capacity for agency and choice which are necessary for the democratization of organizations. It then presents a model of culture within the paradigm of anti-essentialism, adapting the model presented by Nathan (2010) within the topic of multiculturalism based on Dilthey’s works on social interactionism and meaning in history, shows that the model can pave the way to the democratization of organizations, and discusses the implications of organization culture in terms of agency, identity, and structure within multinational/multicultural organizations. The paper concludes by encouraging further research to enhance the non-essentialist model of culture within organizational studies.


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