December 2011
International Journal of Management Cases;Dec2011, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p73
Academic Journal
Multinational enterprises are the engine of the world's economy. Reason enough to focus exactly on this kind of organizations within this paper. Analyzing multinational enterprises it has to be recognized that such an organization is in fact not one homogenous company but most often a conglomerate of companies spread out around the world. Most of these multinational enterprises try to establish a common organizational culture within their companies (e.g. workshops to communicate the values). Although the efforts are high to create such a culture there are still national or regional cultural influences which can not be avoided. Assuming that the organizational culture or at least the efforts to establish such a culture are the same within one international enterprise, differences in certain behaviour may come from these national differences. This is exactly what researches like Hofstede (2001) together with Hofstede and Minkov (2010) discovered, analyzed and summarized in 6 dimensions of cultural differences. To have a detailed look at national and organizational culture is the goal of this article.


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