Title: Are organisational cultural distances affected by another human factor: innovativeness? Part I

Authors: Ismo Koponen

Addresses: Teuvo Pakkalan katu 2/4, Fin-90100 Oulu, Finland

Abstract: The general purpose of my research project is to quantify a human factor of four or more determinants that presumably affect cultural distances either by narrowing or widening gaps between business organisations. The four determinants in the basic factor are: attitude, interest, knowledge and adaptation ability – all to be isolated within the context of a business organisation|s relationships with its foreign cooperators. The more specific aim of this paper is to report on my study on innovativeness as a possible additional factor. A hypothesis to be tested is that business people who find themselves innovative are also more likely to be more flexible towards foreign business cultures.

Keywords: cultural distances; cultural properties; the dynamic method; human factor; innovativeness; international business; Koponen manipulator; innovation; flexibility; flexible attitudes.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2004.005478

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2004 Vol.4 No.4, pp.339 - 348

Published online: 12 Oct 2004 *

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