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Cultural gap : how Dutch expatriates perceive the Australian culture

Egberink, S. (2023) Cultural gap : how Dutch expatriates perceive the Australian culture.

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Abstract:In the time of globalisation, organisations have increasingly expanded their operations across national borders and have experienced new cultural challenges. Understanding the market to succeed is not adequate. A deeper understanding of the behaviours and values of the country the organization and expatriates operate in is needed to establish relationships successfully. In the case of Australian and the Netherlands, both countries share a long and strong relationship based on trade and investment. Yet, no research has been conducted to investigate how Dutch expatriates in Australia perceive the Australian culture. Therefore, this master thesis aims to identify Australian behavioural patterns (cultural standards) that Dutch expatriates perceive and find the underlying values that explain these behaviours. Therefore, the following research question is asked: "How do Dutch expatriates perceive the Australian culture when living and working in Australia?" In order to answer the research question, an inductive qualitative research method was conducted by interviewing fifteen Dutch expatriates. By following the theoretical framework of Thomas (1991) and the interviewing technique of critical incidents, interviewees were asked to recollect instances in which the Australian and Dutch cultures collided. Through this, thirteen Australian cultural standards and four underlying values were identified.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 70 social sciences in general, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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