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Tromprenaar’s 5 Relationship Dimensions of Culture

Posted by mjmedlock on November 1, 2010 in intercultural communication |

Here’s a summary of Trompenaars’ 5 dimensions of culture that concern how we deal with people. I only have them as slides at the moment. I’ll record them with a commentary when I have time later this week. You’ll then be able to see them in video format on YouTube.

When viewing the slides / videos, remember that few cultures are wholly at the extreme of each dimension. You should also remember that people and organisations have their own personality that may run contrary to the norms of a culture. So be careful about stereotyping. Furthermore, these dimensions may also be contingent on the circumstances of time and place. Again be wary of making assumptions about people’s cultural preferences.

Universalism and Particularism

Communitarianism and Individualism

Neutral and Affective

Diffuse and Specific

Achievement and Ascribed

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