Differences Between Individualistic and Collectivistic Cultures' Motivation for Organizational Learning and Training

By:
Dr. Danielle Dimitrov
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Different sciences differentiate culture based on the various criteria born by the different scientific worldviews they hold. For the purpose of this paper, one of the criteria is considered, namely the types of culture based on the relation of people to others and the world (Adler, 1997) — individualism and collectivism. A culture thus differentiated, inevitably suggests differences among people representing it, in terms of traits, worldviews, ideas, perceptions, previous experiences, behaviors, learning habits, thinking, as well as methods of instruction. And since every behavior has a drive, which is usually referred to as motivation, motivational differences for education/learning across individualistic and collectivistic cultures become the focus of the current literature review. The importance of the topic is underlined by the fact that differences in national culture call for differences in education styles, methods, and means, as well as motivation practices used in organizational learning by teachers, facilitators, and self-directed learners.


Keywords: Collectivistic Culture, Individualistic Culture, Motivation, Organizations, Organizational Learning, Training, Management Techniques
Stream: Organisations
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Cultural Differences in Motivation for Organizational Learning and Training


Dr. Danielle Dimitrov

Ed. D. Candidate, Department of Human Resources Development, George Washington University
USA

Danielle Dimitrov is a graduate of Sofia University Bulgaria, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently a doctoral candidate at the George Washington University. She is currently serving as a Sales Director at a Marriott hotel in VA. She has been responsible for various training programs in the hospitality industry both in the US and Eastern Europe. Foreign languages are her passion. She believes in the successful human communication. Appealed by the concept of the “Humane organization”, she has set forth her academic endeavours in that direction.

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