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A paper co-authored by the UWA Business School’s Professor Cristina Gibson has been named as the winner of the Decade Award in international business.
The award recognises the publication as the most influential paper published in the Journal of International Business Studies, widely regarded as the top outlet for international business research around the globe.
Titled ‘A quarter century of Culture’s Consequences: A review of empirical research incorporating Hofstede’s cultural values framework,’ Professor Gibson’s paper examines how national cultural values are related to workplaces behaviours.
In particular, the paper evaluates Geert Hofstede’s widely-cited 1980 study, which developed a framework for classifying cultures. This included factors such as individualism vs collectivism, power distance, uncertainty avoidance, and masculinity-femininity. Professor Gibson and her co-authors argued that although such frameworks have provided substantial insights, there is still much to discover. They provide a call to action for additional research and established an agenda for future investigations, which has inspired a generation of international business scholars.
In selecting the winning article, the selection committee commented that the paper: “provides a comprehensive review of empirical research on Hofstede’s cultural framework. They skilfully organize studies around twenty wide-ranging research topics, at three different levels – individual, group, and country.
“Using a wide canvas, they are able to synthesize the influence of culture in a number of fields beyond international business, including leadership, team behaviour, and others.”
Among other features noted by the committee, their selection was based on the impressive breadth of the fields that have cited the work, indicating outstanding influence beyond the international business community.
The Decade Award will be presented to Professor Gibson and her co-authors at the annual Academy of International Business meeting in New Orleans this June.