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INDIVIDUALISM BETWEEN NATURE AND NURTURE. A CASE STUDY ON ROMANIAN BUSINESS STUDENTS

Sergiu Balan and Lucia Ovidia Vreja

Proceedings of the INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, 2017, vol. 11, issue 1, 992-998

Abstract: The objective of the current research was to find out whether the tendency of individuals to manifest an individualistic behaviour is based on natural, i.e. genetic factors, or on culturally learned behavioural models. The subjects of the study were students in economic sciences after their graduation, the research being a follow-up of a previous research conducted on Romanian students right after their enrolment, using the Trompenaars’ and Hampden-Turner’s matrix centred on seven cultural dimensions, expressed as couples of opposing attitudinal dispositions. The results of the current research seem to validate the hypothesis according to which individualism, defined as the tendency to be self-oriented is rather culturally construed and learned than genetically determined.

Keywords: individualism; evolutionary theory; socialization; culture (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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