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Czech Cultural Standards from the Perspective of the Top Management of German Companies

Karel Kňap and Ivan Nový

Central European Business Review, 2017, vol. 2017, issue 1, 77-91

Abstract: The goal of article is to analyze the analytical tools applied in the identification of national cultures and to identify and schematically express these Czech cultural standards, which are perceived most strongly by Germans when dealing with Czechs in higher-middle management. The article consists of a review of the related literature extended by a polemic on the applicability of the models. The authors conducted qualitative research based on semi-standardized interviews with ten German managers who grew up in the territory of former West Germany and had worked in the Czech Republic in international corporations for a period of at least two years. The results present three propositions connected to the most perceived cultural standards of Czech managers: propensity for improvisation, avoidance of conflict, and rejection of hierarchical structures.

Keywords: management; cultural standards; Czech Republic; Germany (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M12 M14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.18267/j.cebr.174

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