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Culture, Organizations, and Work

Clarifying Concepts


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Also part of the Culture, Organizations, and Work book sub series (BRIEFSCUORWO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Catherine T. Kwantes, Sharon Glazer
    Pages 1-4
  3. Catherine T. Kwantes, Sharon Glazer
    Pages 5-11
  4. Catherine T. Kwantes, Sharon Glazer
    Pages 13-43
  5. Catherine T. Kwantes, Sharon Glazer
    Pages 45-66
  6. Catherine T. Kwantes, Sharon Glazer
    Pages 67-94
  7. Catherine T. Kwantes, Sharon Glazer
    Pages 95-101
  8. Catherine T. Kwantes, Sharon Glazer
    Pages 103-107

About this book


This monograph presents various approaches to understanding the multiple levels, layers, and definitions of culture, cross-cultural research, cross-cultural competence, the role of culture in organizations, organizational culture, and the role of multiple culture layers in individual workers’ workplace attitudes, performance, and general experiences. Inaugurating the new series SpringerBriefs on Culture, Organizations, and Work, it establishes both fundamental and controversial ideas related to the myriad ways of studying these topics. It highlights the wide variety of conceptual approaches for studying culture, organization and work and brings to light some of the critical questions related to culture (at all units and levels of analysis) and their effect on both the workplace and the worker in order to present a coherent educational resource for practitioners and researchers alike.


International Cross-Cultural Industrial and Organizational Psychology Culture Cross-Cultural Competence Organizational Culture Work Culture Work-Related Attitudes

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WindsorWindsorCanada
  2. 2.University of BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA

About the authors

Dr. Kwantes is Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Director of the Organization and Culture Research Centre at the University of Windsor.  She received an MSc in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, and an MA and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Wayne State University.  She is a member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the International Association for Intercultural Research.  She has lived and taught in Canada, Japan, India, and the United States.  Her research focuses on the intersection of societal and organizational cultures, and how societal cultures affect workplace interactions and employee attitudes and work behaviors.  Dr. Kwantes serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of journals such as the Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, the Journal for International Business Studies, the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Making, and the Journal of Business Research.  She is co-editor of the SpringerBrief Series on Culture, Organizations, and Work.

Dr. Sharon Glazer has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational (IO) Psychology from Central Michigan University (1999) and an M.S. in Applied (IO) Psychology from the University of Baltimore. She also had a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Currently, Dr. Glazer is Professor and Chair of the Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Baltimore and President of Healthy Organization, Inc. She has over 20 years of teaching, consulting, and research experience, with expertise in cross-cultural issues in occupational stress. Her research has been supported by several external and internal grants, most notably Fulbright, Erasmus Mundus, and NASA. She has taught and conducted research through her visiting professorships to Rene Descartes University in France, the University of Bologna, Italy, the University of Barcelona and the University of Valencia, Spain, the University of Coimbra, Portugal, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, Western Maryland College in Budapest, Hungary, the University of Pau-Bayonne, France, and the University of Silesia, Poland. Since 2007, Dr. Glazer has been the treasurer of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology and from 2010 to 2015, she served as editor of the International Journal of Stress Management. She is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Intercultural Relations and co-editor of the SpringerBrief Series on Culture, Organizations, and Work.

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“This monograph is well organized and written. … although the monograph is geared towards the role of culture in organizations and work, much of the material relates to culture and its role in research, more generally speaking. In this light, I personally plan to include it as recommended reading for my graduate course in introductory research methods in psychology.” (Samuel T. Gontkovsky, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (37), September, 2017)