Geert Hofstede

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Date of Birth: 02/10/1928

Age: 88

Place of birth: Haarlem

Nationality: Netherlands

Explorer intercultural groups and organizations

Their study, published in books Gert `Consequences kultury` (` Culture`s Consequences`) and `Culture and organizatsii` (` Cultures and Organizations`).

Hendrik Gerard (Gert) Hofstede (Gerard Hendrik (Geert) Hofstede) was born in 1928 in Haarlem, The Netherlands (Haarlem, The Netherlands). He attended school in The Hague (The Hague) and Apeldoorn (Apeldoorn).

In 1953, Gerard graduated from Delft University of Technology (Delft Technical University) with a degree of Master of Science in mechanical engineering. Having worked in industry for ten years, Hofstede joined the doctoral program at the University of Groningen (Groningen University). He received his PhD in Social Psychology in 1967. His thesis covered the topic of budgetary control.

At the end of Delft University Gert he joined the Dutch military ranks, where he worked as a technical officer and remained there for two years. From 1955 on, he became a factory worker in Amsterdam (Amsterdam). After 1965 Hofstede settled at IBM Corporation, where he prepared for future managers and was manager (scientific staff) HR.

From 1971 to 1973rd he took time out to IBM and has been a guest lecturer in this period IMEDE, today is the International Institute for Management Development (IIMD).

In 1980, Gerard was one of the founders of the Institute for the Study of Intercultural Cooperation (IRIC), which since 1998 is located at the University of Tilburg (Tilburg University). Hofstede was the first Director of IRIC.

After retirement in 1993, Gert began to travel around various universities around the world, where he taught his students the theoretical approaches and secretly continued his studies. Currently Hofstede - Professor Emeritus of Organizational Anthropology and International Management at the University of Maastricht (University of Maastricht).

He received numerous honors, including in 2011, was made a knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In the years 1992-2000. Hofstede was a professor emeritus at the University of Hong Kong (The University of Hong Kong).

In 1955, Gerard A. married Maaike van den Hok (Maaike A. van den Hoek). The couple had four sons: Gertjan Hofstede (Gert-Jan Hofstede) - by population biologist and social scientist in the field of information management; Rokus (Rokus) - translator; Bart (Bart) - Advisor for Culture of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin (Berlin); Gideon (Gideon) - International marketing. At Hertha have nine grandchildren. Gertjan took an active part in his father`s working on several books, illuminating issues of cultural studies.

Hofstede books have been translated into 23 languages. According to the World Wide Web, in the interval between 1981 and 2011, it was written over nine thousand scientific articles with reference to one or more publications Hofstede. This turn made the Dutchman one of the most quoted European sociologists.

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