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DOCUMENTARY AN ENGINEER’S ODYSSEY: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF GEERT HOFSTEDE
A personal portrait of Geert Hofstede, he tells us about his personal and professional life and reflects on the relationship between the two. He shares with us the experience of a lifetime, focusing on the past and including his ideas on today’s developments. Discover the man behind the books.
The documentary is a personal portrait of Geert Hofstede and in it, he tells us about his personal and professional life and reflects on the relationship between the two. He shares with us the experience of a lifetime, focusing on the past and including his ideas on today’s developments.
It tells of his personal odyssey, it is the story of a man who is regarded as “one of the most influential thinkers of our times”.
The documentarians had full access to Geert Hofstede’s personal archives and films. These materials, along with long interviews with Professor Hofstede and his colleagues, friends and family made it possible to acquire an in-depth view of the person behind the research. The documentary’s reflective, critical, interested and respectful approach resulted in a personal portrait of Geert Hofstede and his odyssey through the different phases of his life.
This unprecedented access to Geert Hofstede and those close to him provided a full picture of how an engineer became one of the most controversial and quoted social scientists of our time. The film covers which factors led to the creation of a comprehensive and controversial cultural model that has driven discussion among researchers, educators, students, and professionals around the world. It gives a full account of his motivations, drive and the challenges he had to overcome as his life’s work gained international acclaim as well as the effect it had on his personal and professional life.
The initiative for this important documentary was taken by the Geert Hofstede Consortium, Hofstede Insights and Sietar Netherlands in association with Siegmund Audiovisuele Produkties. These associates understood the significance of recording for posterity the story of this incredibly influential and respected international guru.
Made by award-winning filmmaker, Marcel Siegmund, a social filmmaker who has years of experience in capturing and conveying people’s stories so that they move the heart and draw the eyes and ears. The documentary could not have made without the financial support of the sponsors, and we are very grateful to them for making it possible.
The national and international importance of Geert Hofstede is reflected in the number of honours bestowed on him. The list goes on and on. Until now, no documentary has been made of this internationally acclaimed Dutchman for posterity.
In 2011, Geert Hofstede was knighted in the order of the Dutch Lion, an honour bestowed on him by the queen of the Netherlands, Queen Beatrix. This highest of civilian honours is rendered to those individuals who have contributed outstanding services to the community through achievements or efforts springing from exceptional talent. Geert Hofstede received his knighthood for his pioneering scientific work.
In addition to being listed in Wall Street Journal Ranking of Top 20 most influential management thinkers in 2008 and being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Reputation Institute in 2009, a list of the honours bestowed on Geert Hofstede includes:
Honorary doctorates from:
• Nyenrode University, the Netherlands
• Nov Bulgarski Universitet, Sofia, Bulgaria
• Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece
• Göteborgs Universitet, Gothenburg, Sweden
• Université de Liège, Belgium
• ISM University of Management and Economics, Vilnius, Lithuania
• University of Pécs, Hungary
• Estonian National University, Tartu, Estonia
Honorary membership in:
• SIETAR Europe
• Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Section of Economics and Law
• Hong Kong University 1992-2000
• University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing
• Renmin University of China, Beijing
In March 2012, at the Petersberger Trainertage in Köngswinter, Germany, he received the “Life Achievement Award” from der deutschen Weiterbildungsbranche.
More visit his personal website: http://www.geerthofstede.com
WITHOUT THEM NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE
The initiative for the documentary was taken by the Geert Hofstede Consortium, Hofstede Insights, and Sietar Netherlands in association with Siegmund Audiovisuele Produkties.
We could not have made the documentary without the financial support of the sponsors, and we are very grateful to them for making it possible.
Sietar, Siegmund Audiovisuele Produkties, The Hofstede Consortium, Sietar and Hofstede Insights.
Sietar Europe, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University (UK), IULM University, Milano, Italy, Vilnius University, Lithuania, ITAP International, IACCP International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology, IBM, De Vonk Advies, Twist Consulting Group, MDB Group, Fernando Lanzer Pereira de Souza & Jussara Nunes Pereira de Souza, Hein Schreuder, Snow Culture & Communication, RusProject, DCMA Consultancy, SWEDECHRIS AB, OdaT Interculturele Communicatie, University of Maastricht, Jan Roelof Abbring,Academy of International Business (AIB), The Intercultural Institute of the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), Luzazultrainingen, Ibinet.
With the support of:
University of Tartu, Estonia, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece