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Gandhi Heryanto
Management Consultant, Indonesia
There used to be 2 paradigms of organizational culture:The first is UNIVERSALISM, a belief in colorblindness and uniformity in the treatment of all people, by suppressing any individual cultural characteristics.As the world became more globalized, this evolved to a secondly paradigm, MULTICULTURALISM, which sort of acknowledges other cultures, preserves them, and does not demand that people subordinate themselves to one type of code or behaviour. Note that when we say or use the word 'multicultural', what we are effectively doing is segregating the cultures, even the cultures within ourselves. Multicultural implies that cultures are fixed, discrete entities that exist side by side - a kind of zoological approach to culture.With many companies operating in a more global world than ever before, the idea of encouraging cultural fluency is taking hold. More people want to work abroad and workers are constantly comparing not just companies but countries to see what’s best for (...) Read more? Sign up for free

  Amarnath Krishnaswamy
Professor, India


Polyculturalism is just a stepping stone… It would (...)

HR Consultant, Zimbabwe

Instilling Polyculturalism in Organizations

The reality in the global business today is subord (...)

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Moving from Organizational Multiculturalism to Polyculturalism

Thanks Gandhi for your most interesting post to ou (...)

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa

Mutual Respect

I have read, and tried to absorb, the blog spot an (...)

HR Consultant, Zimbabwe

Multiculturalism to Poly-culturalism

Culture change will always be a challenge to deal (...)

  Andre-Ambrosio ABRAMCZUK
Teacher, Brazil

Multi- and Poly-Uniculturalism

From my early years I was taught that "si fueris R (...)

  bill kinlough

Behaviour and Culture

I think when we say polyculturalism and then start (...)

  Borje Vickberg

Polyculturalism in Sweden

There are, at least, two dimensions on this subjec (...)

  Francis Joseph
United Kingdom

Diversity in Culturism is Rich

This debate is not about culture change, culture c (...)

Manager, China

Cultural Sensitivity as a Skill

Nice first post and interesting idea, Gandhi. Whe (...)

  Sonny Vicente
Coach, Philippines

Value-based Sensitivity to Cultural Differences

I tend to subscribe to your proposed 3rd paradigm, (...)

  K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India

From Universalism to Poly-Culturalism

Whether you are an executive or an entrepreneur, t (...)

  Gian Singh
Lecturer, Malaysia

Forget Poly Culturalism

Since immemorial times, this theme of poly cultura (...)

  kenji hachiya
Business Consultant, Viet Nam

The Matter is How to Influence Majority

As a Japanese consultant who is supporting Japanes (...)

  Pieter Erasmus
Management Consultant, South Africa

Establishing and Merging New Cultures in South Africa

Then there is a group that migrated from the North (...)

  eddie m
Interim Manager, Kenya

We Need to Embrace Polyculturalism

Can’t agree more, indeed as somebody said 'the wor (...)

Entrepreneur, Germany

Polyculturalism is a Must if we Want to Leverage our Differences

Giving everyone the chance to remain unique, and c (...)

  Johannes Vandeweijer
Entrepreneur, Germany

Coexisting Reaching Project Goals

Finally, if there was an invasion from Mars, all c (...)

  Gandhi Heryanto
Management Consultant, Indonesia

From Multiculturalism to Poly-culturalism

Thanks for all great reactions. I just would like (...)

  K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India

From Multiculturalism to Poly-culturalism

Thanks Mr Gandhi Heryanto, Totally I agree with yo (...)

  Ashwini Saxena
Operations Officer, India

Poly Culturism is Just the Outcome!

Coming from the Hindu philosophy of "Vasudheva Kut (...)

  Brad Altemeyer

Beyond Polly and Her Cultures

I just wrote a short article for our new faculty p (...)

  K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India

Co-existing Reaching Project Goals: Mutual Respect

Yes, Mr. Johannes Vandeweijer, I agree with your v (...)

  Borje Vickberg


@Gian Singh: Extremely pessimistic and cynical att (...)


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