Read now ! A Mexican food company, a Moroccan electronics factory, a petrochemical company in Argentina, an electricity distribution company in Cameroon: how have such successes become possible? Because we have used ready-made Western recipes? Or because we have been able to rely on the strengths of the local culture…

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Theorizing National Cultures (Penser la diversité du monde)

Philippe d’Iribarne, Theorising National Cultures, AFD, 2014. Read it now ! While there has probably never been such great interest in the cultural aspect of social life, there is intense debate over the notion of culture. We clearly need a conception which, without being blind to what differentiates societies, gives the…

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Managing Corporate Values in Diverse National Cultures

Managing Corporate Values - Philippe d'Iribarne

Philippe d’Iribarne, Routledge, 2012. How should a Western company manage cross-culturally corporate values in its foreign subsidiaries? Do these values make sense everywhere or, on the contrary, are they culturally Western specific? This book provides answers to these questions, based on research carried out in the subsidiaries of a leading…

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La logique de l’honneur

In La logique de l’honneur, Philippe d’Iribarne makes a comparison of three firms: French, Dutch and American, which carry out the same production with almost identical equipment in different places. The close observation of the most concrete aspects of the functioning of each factory and its management allowed isolating for…

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Motivating workers in emerging countries: universal tools and local adaptations

Philippe d’Iribarne, Joumal of Organizational Behavior, 2002, n°23, pp. 243-256 Sgs-Thomson in Morocco and Danone in Mexico provide exemplars of ways in which corporate cultures can promote productive, efficient, and interpersonally supportive communities by building upon deep-seated local values that give these communities special meaning to members. In Morocco, Islamic…

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The honour principle in the Bureaucratic Phenomenon

Philippe d’Iribarne, Organization Studies, n° 15/1, 1994, p. 81-97. The aim of the paper is to confront two models of the French pattern of action: the well-known ‘bureaucratic’ model, depicted by Michel Crozier, and a model which emphasizes the persistence within modern French organizations of what Montesquieu called the honour…

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L’islam devant la démocratie

Philippe d'Iribarne, L'Islam devant la démocratie

Philippe d’Iribarne, Paris, Gallimard, 2013. The Koran refers relentlessly to a community united by a certainty brought by compelling evidence. Throughout history, this reference to certainty has profoundly affected Muslims’ mental universe. It is at work in Islamic philosophy. It is even found in the most secularized areas of societies,…

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Les Immigrés de la République

Ls Immigrés de la Répubique, Philippe d'Iribarne

Philippe d’Iribarne, Paris, Seuil, 2009. In France, it was the aim of the Revolution to establish a political body composed of equal citizens. But, in everyday relationships, at work or among neighbours, the social body is marked by an acute attention to each citizen’s social characteristics, and in particular their…

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