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Post-Hofstede Diversity/Cultural Studies: What Contributions To Accounting Knowledge?

Date Added: Jul 2010
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Since Hofstede published his book, the consequences of culture, numerous comparative studies have flourished and built on the well-known five-dimension model. In 1999, two critiques were addressed to these pieces of work. Bhimani (1999) critiqued their homogeneity and poor ability to enhance the authors' understanding of accounting. Knowledge claims articulated, claims addressed, datasets and methods, and theoretical frameworks were always the same, which has inevitably led to predictable conclusions and contributions to scientific knowledge. For their part, Harrison & McKinnon (1999) stressed that all these studies had failed at explaining the determinants of accounting situations and practices. These two critiques called for alternative cultural/diversity studies in accounting research, promoting new settings, theoretical frameworks, and methods.