Thursday 11th February 2016 in Leiden, The Netherlands, itim international presents:
Cultural relativity and its consequences
Welcome to an afternoon of discussion and reflection on cultural relativity and its consequences for global politics.
To guide us on this journey: a very special guest, Prof. Dr. Geert Hofstede, the Dutch social psychologist well-known globally for his pioneering study of cultures across modern nations.
With examples from over forty years of personal experience and academic research, Prof. Dr. Geert Hofstede will illustrate the following message:
Cultural differences between nations include different unconscious values acquired in childhood. In international politics, business, communication and cooperation, this cultural relativity of values is often overlooked or denied. Dominant players presume their country’s value systems and theories to be universal, sometimes with devastating results.
So far, empirical research across the world has found no universally shared values. Human societies share basic problems to which over time they have developed different answers. Using research by Prof. Dr. Geert Hofstede and others, itim International has since 1985 devoted itself to helping clients deal with this cultural relativity.
Prof. Dr. Geert Hofstede’s intervention will be followed by a reflection on Dutch Culture by itim consultant Masako Kato, and a panel discussion focusing on democratic rights and values moderated by itim consultant Candida Snow.
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The conference will be opened by the founder of itim International, Bob Waisfisz, and the keynote speaker will be none other than Prof. Dr. Geert Hofstede himself!
Masako Kato, an intercultural and organizational culture management consultant at itim international, will speak about seeing Dutch culture through Japanese eyes.
Candida Snow, an accredited associate of itim International, will moderate the panel discussion on "Are democratic rights and values universal?"
The panel members:
Huib Wursten - Senor Consultant with itim International.
Umar Mirza - Television host, moderator and columnist ranked among the Top 500 most influential Muslims globally.
Roel Gans - Director of international affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in The Netherlands.
Karin Straus - Dutch politician and former human resource manager and management consultant.