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Korean Age and Actual Age

Koreans have a interesting way of calculating age. When you are born, you are already one year old, and then you get another year older when New Year's Day passes.  Imagine celebrating your birthday along with everyone else that was born in the same year as you!  Everyone born on the same calendar year effectively has the same Korean age and can easily be calculated by the formula: Age = (Current Year − Birth Year) + 1

Collectivism in India

An Indian national dis-cusses the collectivist mindset of South Asian society.

Individualism and Collectivism

Guest blogger Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein writes about differences between individualist versus collectivist cultures.

Using Individualism and Collectivism to Compare Cultures— A Critique of the Validity and Measurement of the Constructs: Comment on Oyserman et al.

The author examines the following limitations of research on individualism and collectivism: It treats nations as cultures and culture as a continuous quantitative variable; conflates all kinds of social relations and distinct types of autonomy; ignores contextual specificity in norms and values; measures culture as the personal preferences and behavior reports of individuals; rarely establishes the external validity of the measures used; assumes cultural invariance in the meaning of self-reports and anchoring and interpretation of scales; and reduces culture to explicit, abstract verbal knowledge.

Cultural Tools - Hofstede Center

Professor Geert Hofstede conducted one of the most comprehensive studies of how values in the workplace are influenced by culture. Learn a little bit more about his six dimensions of national culture here.