Gestion & Société’s approach of cooperation in French firms

Jean-Pierre Segal, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, vol. 22 (4), 2014.

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This article analyzes the French idiosyncratic dimension of cooperation in the work place. Based on an interpretative approach of culture developed by Gestion & Société research group members, the paper describes the cultural vision of the working relationship cultural vision that can be found in France and analyzes its consequences. Drawing upon ethnographic research performed in various activities and companies, it demonstrates how uneasily local managers compromise with French cultural contingencies. It finally concludes that average figures for a country, such as the quantitative cross-national literature has produced, are rather useless not only for comprehensive research on cooperation building but inefficient as well for foreign investors or expatriate managers expecting guidelines to succeed in their local projects.

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