Culture is a group phenomenon and as such cannot be measured on an individual level, yet people like to score themselves, implying that one should not take the individual scores too literally. However, the factual information presented is based on the research done by Hofstede and others.
HOW IS THE CULTURE COMPASS STRUCTURED?
Respondents are asked to give their preferences regarding 42 pairs of questions on a five-point scale. Based on the role respondents have, such as superior, subordinate or teacher, relevant feedback is given.
The feedback is given in the form of the degree to which respondents may experience problems or pitfalls when dealing with people from another culture of their choice.
CAN YOU USE THE CULTURE COMPASS TO MEASURE ORGANISATIONAL CULTURE?
No. The Culture Compass is a tool to assess individual preferences at the level of national cultures. Organisational culture covers differences in practices among different organisations. National culture covers specifically differences in values among people born and raised in different societies.
You will get tailored feedback based on your professional capacity and your personal scores on Hofstede’s 6D model after answering a questionnaire of 42 questions.
If you have any questions or special requests (e.g. to pay by bank transfer, option to select more than one country of comparison, to have us send the instructions to your employees, etc.) please contact us using the form below.
We started using Culture Compass at ITESM Sinaloa for our students coursing the Multicultural Training Program from our University. Part of the program involves training on living and working with other cultures, in which we obviously discuss Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions. Students love getting immediate personal feedback (results are delivered that same day), because it proves to them how understanding national culture is important, but also how their own personality, education and culture can show in comparison to their own culture and any other in which they might be interested in living. The questions can be answered really quickly and the amount of feedback and tips received is amazing. After using this tool, many students feel more confident and secure about applying for exchange programs and living in different places of the world.
Liliana Tello Segovia, ITESM, Mexico
Culture Compass has been transformative for me! One example,Ii wanted to delegate entirely to my colleagues (some of whom I have been working with for over 10-15 years) but I was not getting them to take ownership to the extent I wanted them to. It was later when I reflected on what I had learned that I realised there was a Culture component at play (high uncertainty avoidance). I adjusted my way of working with them now and so far, all is going much better.
Anonymous Culture Compass user