Culture and Organization: The Case of Transmanche-Link

G. Winch, Carla Millar, N. Clifton

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The relationship between culture and organization has often been discussed, but rarely explored directly. This paper implements a cultural values instrument taken from Hofstede together with a behavioural instrument derived from Van de Ven to matched samples of British and French managers working on the Channel Tunnel project The results largely replicate the findings of Hofstede regarding cultural values, but do not support the predicted implications for behaviour. In essence, the British were found to be more bureaucratic and more team-oriented than their French counterparts, who tended to be more fonceur and competitive. This indicates that the relationship between culture and behaviour might be more complicated than research to date suggests.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)237-249
Number of pages13
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • British management
  • Channel tunnel
  • French management

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