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Leadership in Austria : a comparison between managing in the Netherlands and Austria

Wensink, C. (2022) Leadership in Austria : a comparison between managing in the Netherlands and Austria.

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Abstract:This paper presents the results of a study focused on how Dutchmen experience the relationship between managers and subordinates in Austria, and to what extent this supports Hofstede’s claim that power distance in Austria is lower than in the Netherlands. After conducting five interviews, the results show how Dutchmen experience the cross-cultural differences in leadership between the Netherlands and Austria. This study shows that there are some serious issues concerning the reliability of Hofstede’s model. The Austrian scores in Hofstede’s research concerning Power distance and Masculinity are not at all in line with the real work floor situation as experienced by the Dutch interviewees. The outcome is not confirming Hofstede's theory but ultimately leads to a more complex conclusion, because Hofstede’s research was conducted only among Austrian citizens. Therefore, it can be stated, that Austrians perceive themselves as not status and power oriented, and thus differently from what the Dutch experience in Austria, regarding power distance, hierarchy, status, and masculinity
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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