Systems Constructs and Cultural Filters

Learning from a Management Development Program in Poland
  • Margaret A. Barrett
  • Barry Crellin


The nature of the business environment in Poland changed dramatically following the major political events of 1989. In response the British Government pledged a programme of technical assistance. This programme would be supplied to Poland as the Know-How Fund (KHF). A key purpose of the KHF was to provide advice on Management and Organisational Development.

This paper uses systems constructs to reflect on the problematic nature of a three year interventionist KHF programme, which sought to transfer western management ethics and practices across the cultural boundaries of two nations.


Cultural Filter Power Distance Uncertainty Avoidance System Construct Critical System Thinking 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret A. Barrett
    • 1
  • Barry Crellin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Business Information ManagementUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  2. 2.Crellin ConsultancyHambletonUK

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