Stranger in a strange land
the American project manager working abroad
Research indicates that organizational culture has less of an impact on a worker's frame of mind than does national culture. In the 1970s, Dutch psychologist and researcher Geert Hofstede identified four cultural dimensions that are now widely used to characterize national cultures: 1) power distance; 2) individualism vs. collectivism; 3) masculinity vs. femininity; and 4) uncertainty avoidance. This article describes how project managers can use this understanding as the basis for creating a personal benchmark, which in turn can be used to help them to continually revise their management style so as to best complement the cultural work environment.