This is an important companion book to the initial volume developed by the International Consortium for Management Studies, Cross-Cultural Analysis of Values and Political Economy Issues ( Voich and Stepina, eds., Praeger, 1994). The essays developed in the first book by members of the Consortium provide important theoretical ideas for analyzing values and issues from the perspective of a diverse set of cultures and a multidisciplinary mix of disciplines of Consortium members. While these essays describe and analyze important literature and research results that exist in different countries, this volume provides a comparative empirical picture of differences in people's values and perceptions of issues that are based on different socioeconomic and political systems. Together, the two books provide useful and important insights into the economic, political, and cultural processes in a number of diverse countries throughout the world.
This empirical analysis contrasts people's cultural, workplace, and family values, and their perceptions of political economy issues at the organizational, national, and international levels. Particularly useful is the manner in which Consortium conducted this study. It is truly multinational and multicultural, and it draws on diverse disciplines to examine the important issues before the world. This type of empirical analysis is especially noteworthy in that it involves a large amount of empirical data pertaining to diverse socioeconomic and political systems. Moreover, the nature and structure of the data facilitate extensive comparative analyses of values and issue perceptions to identify significant differences between cultures.
The extensive amount of empirical data analyzed by the author is important in view of recent and emerging developments in diverse cultures throughout the world. The comprehensive breadth of data analyzed in search of significant differences in values and issue perceptions provides important insights about different socioeconomic and political systems. Moreover, this comparative analysis explores the