How Do Countries’ Cultural Norms Impact Global Creativity? (Paper Forthcoming in @ASQJournal)

The cover of an ASQ issue from June 2012, which I chose only because of the bicycle! (Image via ManagementINK)

The cover of an ASQ issue from 2012, which I chose only because of the bicycle

Here it is, my (our) first publication in a peer-reviewed management journal. We have just received our acceptance letter from Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ), a prestigious quarterly journal that publishes the theoretical and empirical papers on organizational studies, for our paper “How Culture Impacts Creativity: Cultural Tightness, Cultural Distance, and Global Creative Work.

To make it short, the paper looks at the effect of culture (the extent to which countries have strong cultural norms and enforce them strictly) on peoples’ likelihood to participate in, and succeed at, global creative tasks. It advances a new theoretical model, the “Cultural Alignment Model of Global Creativity,” to understand how culture impacts creativity in a global context.

Here’s a bit more about the paper, and about the publication process – which I went through for the first time. Continue reading →

My Favorite Readings in August: The Creative Process Illustrated, Cycling Across The USA & PhD After 40

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Some of the tweets shared in this post feature memorabilia. Hence this photo of Paris in the summer with a photo of 1944 (click to see 49 more)

This month marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris. The photo on the left is one of many others that the blog Golem 13 has published on June this year, morphing old photographs into the exact same photo – 70 years later. A great project.

This month, I’ve read many interesting things about innovation, academic education, creative inspiration, object conservation or patriotic dedication. The very last tweet wraps up the post nicely with another Paris-themed illustration, an animated one. Continue reading →

Are Some Countries Less Receptive To The Idea Of Crowdsourcing? A Look At Japan

Crowdsourcing Japan

Click on the image to read my post on Medium

Technology is global, companies and individuals are globally connected, and crowdsourcing is a global phenomenon. Anecdotal evidence shows that Europe and the U.S. are well-populated with crowdsourcing participants (see also here), but that still doesn’t say much about potential differences in acceptance of crowdsourcing across the globe (that could be an entire thesis!). I wanted to focus on one country: Japan. Is there something about the idea of crowdsourcing that could repell Japanese people?

As a nation, Japan scores high in cultural tightness and uncertainty avoidance, two cultural constructs that may lower willingness to embrace change and to take risks… But let’s not get into these academic cultural indices, let’s be pragmatic. I did a little bit of desk research to find out more, and shared my thoughts on Medium..

Read my post here

A New Cultural Construct: “Tightness” & “Looseness” of Societies

tight cultures loose cultures

People who are interested in cross-cultural behavior and cultural differences between countries (like me) will likely know Hofstede’s work, or the works of Edward T. Hall and Fons Trompenaars. I learned about them in business school, and absolutely loved to think about their frameworks, which are almost mainstream today. In the last years I also discovered the Shalom H. Schwartz, who created, ran, and still runs a very complete survey about the values that individuals from different countries have (achievement, hedonism, power, self-direction…). But recently, I discovered a relatively new cultural theory: the theory of cultural tightness and looseness. Continue reading →

My Favorite Readings in April: Crowd Innovation, Some Research Findings & Strong Runners

Click on this photo to read another of my favorite reads of April

Click on this photo to read another of my favorite reads of April

Last month, I started sharing some links that I thought were particularly interesting. I hope you enjoyed the readings about crowds, the academic discussions and some of the videos. Today,  here are some articles and links I have enjoyed in April, or tweets I’d like to share again with you. Continue reading →

Does Common Culture Affect Work Attribution in Crowdsourcing?


Click to see the working paper

Crowdsourcing fundamentally transforms the way we work, particularly in creative industries or – on the other hand – in the execution of low-qualification tasks with platforms such as MTurk or oDesk. I’ve recently read a working paper about the latter, the marketplace for work oDesk (which has an army of researchers, mostly to analyze log data, see these cool visualizations). This paper particularly seeks to understand how culture impacts the attribution of work to people via oDesk. Or in other words: Do Indians from abroad attribute work more to Indians from the home country than to others, with similar qualification? Continue reading →

Is there a Chinese sense of creativity?

what chinese want book cover

Don’t expect an extensive literature review about the Chinese people 😉 This is just a post based on a book review of What Chinese Want, Tom Doctoroff’s last book about – guess what – Chinese culture. Tom Doctoroff is CEO of the Chinese branch of adverising giant JWT, lives in Shanghai and has dealt with a lot of Chinese companies. In his book, he shares his view of the modern Chinese consumer, underlining the cultural challenges that arise when companies want to target the Chinese market. This blog post especially focuses on the passages about creativity and advertising, which are topics that particularly interest me! Continue reading →