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Cultural Differences on the Work Floor between the Dutch and the German

Jimmink, Bart Johan (2022) Cultural Differences on the Work Floor between the Dutch and the German.

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Abstract:The purpose of this master thesis was to examine the differences between the German and Dutch business culture, seen from a Dutch perspective. An additional aim of the research was to discover the values behind these cultural differences and thus to explain the behaviors. In this way it is possible to understand why the other party reacts in a certain way and this ensures a higher understanding. The research question of the project is: “How is the German culture on the work floor perceived by Dutch individuals living and working in Germany?”. The answer to this research question has been determined by means of an inductive qualitative research method. Sixteen different interviews were conducted with Dutch individuals who work and live in Germany. Through the Critical Incident Technique, they were asked about situations in which German and Dutch culture clashed and why this happened to identify cultural standards. These German cultural standards are clustered together and provided with the underlying value of the behavior. In total, sixteen cultural standards have been identified and linked to three different underlying values.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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