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Asia’s infinite game

Dear Gerry,

For 12 years my Dutch colleague, Fons Trompenaars, and I have been looking at the business cultures of various nations. Over 30,000 managers in 53 countries have responded to a series of values’ dilemmas we put to them. We found that east Asian cultures were virtually looking-glass lands: particular where we were universal, communitarian where we were individualist, diffuse where we were specific, and so on. I therefore noted with some surprise your contention that Asian values were a “myth.”

One wonders how much better east Asian economies must perform before experts such as…

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