Dimensions of culture

One way of thinking about culture is to consider social psychologist Geert Hofstede’s theory which proposes six dimensions of culture.

He was trying to create a measure of culture so that different contexts could be compared and the differences understood. Select each dimension for an explanation.

There is a range of critique of Hofstede’s model as being too limited in understanding culture. However, it has been used as a way in which we can articulate some of the differences in the cultures of different societies.


Hofstede, G. (1984). Culture’s consequences : international differences in work-related values. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.
Hofstede, G. (2001). Culture’s consequences : comparing values, behaviors, institutions, and organizations across nations (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications.

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