Doctorate in Business Administration

My research question: Where does Luxembourg fit in on Hofstede’s cultural dimensions: Individualism/Collectivism, Power Distance, Masculinity/Femininity, Uncertainty Avoidance, Long-Term/Short-Term Orientation, Indulgence versus Restraint, Monumentalism.

This research investigates the cultural pattern of Luxembourg. There being no previously published study on cultural dimensions in Luxembourg, this study addresses this issue in several ways: literature review, participant observation, questionnaires and interviews. 134 usable responses were collected from participants employed at Lindab Buildings Luxembourg, France and Germany and interviews were conducted. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and its specific place in Europe are detailed. Hofstede’s dimensions of culture were calculated: Individualism/Collectivism, Power Distance, Masculinity/Femininity, Uncertainty Avoidance, Long-Term/Short-Term Orientation, Indulgence versus Restraint, Monumentalism. Data are analysed and discussed to determine, first, if Hofstede’s estimates given for Luxembourg are accurate, second if the Luxembourgish language is used as an identifier and third, if Luxembourgers are happy because they are uncertainty avoidant. The results are shown in Hofstede’s maps superimposing my results onto his original maps. Finally, the question whether Luxembourgers are happy is discussed and a logistic regression is made in SPSS on Happiness. Conclusion and references follow.

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