Hofstede, Kolb and Rath's Critiques

698 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 3 Pages
Theories limited to their origin cultures are not effective, especially when it’s dealing with universally occurring issues, such as followership. In order for a theory to be effective, it must address various issues, including the society’s gender, virtue, identity, truth, and hierarchy (Hofstede & Hofstede, 2005). Kelley addresses four of these areas, leaving out gender, which is a critical part of societal relations and ultimately, the nature of followership. There are cultures within which women will behave like passive followers regardless of the situation for fear of repercussions. In societies that have experienced prolonged periods of war in recent decades, the females may exhibit the traits of alienated followers owing to their experiences. Hofstede (2001) expresses that this type of exclusion leaves no room for culture and no sense of dimensionality. The critique gives a credible argument, since cultural differences are increasingly becoming an issue owing to different cultures coming into contact all over the world. While this happens, there are no…

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