DOI: 10.21637/GT.2010.1.06.

The Association of Cultural Dimensions with the Practice of Diversity Management


The management of diversity in organizations has been one of the most important business cases of modernity. Countries are dealing with this issue in different ways, with different approaches and levels of maturity according to their values and particular characteristics. By all of possible reasons that can justify this disparity, it is assumed that the differences observed in the level of national culture can denote a plausible explanation for the differences found in the approach of diversity management in distinct countries.
Therefore, this study has the purpose to investigate the linking of differences in cultural dimensions among Member States of European Union toward their impact on the level of diversity management been practiced in these countries. The dimensions of culture analyzed are those described by the main specialist in the cross cultural field: Geert Hofstede. They are related to power distance, uncertainty avoidance and the role of gender and individual in the society.
Findings of the correlation between cultural dimensions and main national statistics that portray the current situation of countries regarding the management of diversity were used to build up a framework by considering the core values that come from the cultural dimensions and their contribution to foster diversity policies.

KEYWORDS: cultural dimension, diversity management, values, equality, discrimination

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