Hofstede, Kolb and Rath's Critiques

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Three critiques will be explored in this section of the paper including;
• Hofstede’s critique on the basis of cultural consideration
• Kolb’s critique on the basis of dynamic group effectiveness
• Rath’s critique on the basis of situational differences Hofstede’s critique is based on that the world is too diverse for followership theories to be applicable in different circumstances (Hofstede, 2001). 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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