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Power Distance in Organizational Contexts: A Cross- Cultural Review of Collectivist Cultures

The Article, Published by Apoorva Ghosh in The Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, 47(1), 2011, 89-101, 2012

Power distance has been constructed mostly as a concept highly negative for organizational progress, participation and empowerment of employees and overall organizational health. This construct is also highly correlated with collectivism. This paper examines the compatibility of organizations with high power distance cultural set ups. An attempt is made here to inquire in to whether low power distance can be realized in collectivist cultures or we should look for aspects which can make this high power distance functional and desirable in case of those countries with high collectivism and power distance.