How to Interpret Uncertainty Avoidance Scores: A Comparative Study of Danish and French Firms

Jette Schramm-Nielsen

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    Addresses the cultural dimension of uncertainty avoidance (UA), of US and German staffing decisions – but uses a different viewpoint. Discusses and challenges the hitherto accepted meaning of individual positions of countries UA, using Höfstede’s guide. Adumbrates the concept of UA at the two levels of society and organization, linking the two levels. Concludes that low Höfstede UA index does not necessarily mean no or little need for certainty even in France and Denmark.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCross Cultural Management
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)3-11
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


    • Uncertainty avoidance
    • Cross‐cultural management
    • Denmark
    • France
    • Culture
    • Hofstede

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