Does National Culture Affect Firm Investment in Training and Development?

Coget, Jean-Francois
November 2011
Academy of Management Perspectives;Nov2011, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p85
Academic Journal
The article considers management science research on the impact of national culture on corporate investment in employee training. A survey of almost 6000 firms in 21 different countries is considered. It found that companies located in countries whose social values included a belief in equal power distribution among groups, a high degree of future-oriented behavior such as planning and delayed gratification and avoidance of uncertainty had a higher level of investment in employee training. It was also found that high technology industries had more investment in employee training than companies in other industries regardless of cultural factors.


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