How Much Sleaze Is Too Much? Putting Cultural Theory Into Practice.

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How much sleaze is too much? Putting cultural theory into practice.

Since the world entered the new century globalization of all aspects of people’s lives has increased. More and more companies have been transformed into MNEs. According to Rugman and Collinson (2009) the number of employees working across borders nearly tripled over the last 20 years, exposing managers to various socio-cultural and ethical issues. Geert Hofstede argues that “culture is more often a source of conflict than of synergy. Cultural differences are a nuisance at best and often a disaster” (cited in The Economist, 2008, para.4).
I used an article by Asbjorn Osland ‘How much sleaze is too much’ as a real life scenario while examining the cultural frameworks.
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All frameworks have their limitations; as pointed out by Rugman and Collinson, some surveyed countries tend to lie about their national behaviour, for example “Poland and Denmark lie (…) on the gender-differentiation” (2009, p.141). This example raises the topic of the limitations of Hofstede’s framework, such as the time scales of the research (1968-1973), which did not take into consideration aspects such as globalization and the fact that the study was solely based on IBM employees. In order to gain more in depth understanding of cultural layers I would strongly recommend looking into studies of Trompenaars’ or the GLOBE project, which expand on Hofstede’s findings by providing more in depth analysis and putting it into the twenty-first century perspective (Rugman and Collinson, 2009).
Another tool that I found especially useful when analysing Eric’s case is the below decision tree framework developed by Buller et al. (2000). The tree focuses around three variables: moral significance, power and urgency.

Putting this into Eric’s perspective these could be his answers: a) Is this situation high in moral significance?
Yes. Bribery does not comply with my moral values, the company’s corporate culture and nationally accepted

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