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Toward The Three–Level Power Distance Concept: Expanding Geert Hofstede’s Power Distance Beyond Cross–Cultural Context
Toward The Three–Level Power Distance Concept: Expanding Geert Hofstede’s Power Distance Beyond Cross–Cultural Context

Author(s): Mateusz Stępień, Michał Dudek
Subject(s): Sociology
Published by: Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: power; power distance; Hofstede

Summary/Abstract: Power distance is one of the most researched dimensions of culture in Geert Hofstede’s framework. The vast majority of scholars refer to power distance as though it were something self-evident. Despite the hundreds of studies conducted on the basis of power distance, to date no one has seriously tried to propose a reconceptualization of power distance. Against that background, this paper aims to redefine Hofstede’s concept of power distance. It focuses on formulating a sketch of the three-level concept of power distance that essentially refers to Hofstedian tradition, but is at the same time entangled in different ontological and epistemological assumptions on the social world. The proposed way of understanding power distance creates space for, among other things, a more interactionfocused study on power dynamics in various settings. It also provides the possibility of formulating completely new hypotheses concerning psychological and sociological dimensions of exercising power.

  • Issue Year: 240/2021
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 61-87
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: English