Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Practices: A Comparison Between the United States and Brazil Based on Hofstede's Cultural Framework




Clark, Silvia

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Geert Hofstede’s cultural dimension theory is a widely used framework for cross-cultural communication that describes different values of a society that distinguish national cultures from each other. His original four dimensions have been used in several fields as a paradigm for research, particularly in cross-cultural communication and international management. Cultural dimensions are useful in today’s interconnected business world, where the trend of globalization requires managers to develop their intercultural competence, global mindsets, and trans-cultural leadership capabilities. As one of the BRIC nations, Brazil has one of the fastest growing economies worldwide and is particularly interesting as a trading partner for the United States. This study will compare the scores of Brazil and the United States on each dimension and analyze their impact on organizational behavior and cross-cultural management practices.



Hofstede's cultural framework, Brazil, expatriates, international human resource management, organizational behavior, international assignments, Honors College


Clark, S. (2013). Organizational behavior and human resource management practices: A comparison between the United States and Brazil based on Hofstede's cultural framework (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.


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