Friday, 16 July 2010

A Cultural Exploration of Slovenia in General and in Terms of Business Affairs

This text deals with Slovenia's culture in general and in terms of business affairs. Literature of contemporary culture theorists is critically discussed. Focus is set on Geert Hofstede´s cultural dimensions and Edward T. Hall‟s theory of high –and low-context cultures. Slovenia has been evaluated or respectively, re-evaluated according to these theories and consequently an original theory of Slovenia‟s culture has been designed. For this purpose, a small and thus not representative sample of the Slovenian population has been interviewed and these findings have been analysed on the basis of Hall's and Hofstede's work. The outcome of this work differs from Hofstede´s results and provides an end result of Slovenia being mainly low-context.

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
Topic and Purpose
Context
Boundaries – Focus of the Study
Aims and Objectives
Constraints
Outline of the Chapters

CHAPTER 2 LITERATURE REVIEW
Introduction
Geert Hofstede´s Work
Further Notes to Hofstede´s Dimensions
Critics on Hofstede´s Work
Justification for Using Hofstede´s Work in this Study
Edward T. Hall’s Work
Critics on Hall‟s Work
Justification for Using Hall‟s Work in this Study

CHAPTER 3 METHODOLOGY
Ethics
Informed Consent and Explanations of the Interview
Writing up the Findings
Language and Translation
Intellectual Property Rights
Selection, Explanation and Justification of the Research Methods
Primary Research
Qualitative Method
Interpretivist Philosophy of the Research
Deductive Approach to the Research
Snowball Sampling Method
Method: Semi-Structured, In-Depth Interview
Procedure of the Interviews
Initial Interview and its Failure
Design of the Actual Interview
The Actual Interview
Limitations and Advantages of the used Methodology
Representativeness
Telephone Interview
Field-Notes
Translation and Amateur Research
Bias

CHAPTER 4 FINDINGS & ANALYSIS
Power Distance
Collectivism
Uncertainty Avoidance
Long-term Versus Short-term Orientation
Masculinity Versus Femininity
High-context Versus Low-context
The Openness of Messages
The Locus of Control
Appliance of Mimics and Gestures
Expression of Reactions
Attitudes towards Family
Attitudes towards time

CHAPTER 5 CONCLUSION
Conclusion from the Data Analysed
Hofstede´s Dimensions
Hall‟s Cultural Factor‟s
Application of Relevant Theory to the Data Gathered
Conclusion from Data Related to Prior Research of Others

Has the Aim Been Achieved?
Need for Further Research
Reference List

Bibliography

Appendices

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