European Cultural Encounters on the Bulgarian Business Terrain: From Cultural Differences at Work to Labour Market Inequalities by Tanya Chavdarova, Sofia University, Department of Sociology firstname.lastname@example.org. SIETAR Europa Congress 2007 in Sofia, Bulgaria April 25th-29th, 2007.
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European Cultural Encounters on the Bulgarian Business Terrain: From Cultural Differences at Work to Labour Market Inequalities by Tanya Chavdarova, Sofia University,Department of Sociologytania@sclg.uni-sofia.bg
SIETAR Europa Congress 2007 in Sofia, Bulgaria
April 25th-29th, 2007
The research is carried out in:
Methodology: case study
Structure of the in-depth interviews:
This orientation reduced the spectrum of theoretical choices to three models: those of G. Hofstede (1984 , 1997, 2001), F. Trompenaars & C. Hampden-Turner (1997 , 2001), and R. Münch (1993 ).
They have been widely verified, by Bulgarian researchers among others, in surveys of entrepreneurship and management.
The Western managers are older (more than 46) than their BG counterparts. Their professional path is distinguished by:
The group of the younger managers (aged 32-38) has the following common characteristics:
The group of the older managers (aged 46-55):
Spontaneous result – lower level Austrian management:
Spontaneous result – lower level BG management:
The good professional education:
The foreign language knowledge:
The ambition, hard work and strive towards learning - especially concerning the youngsters:
The cultural encounters are substantially different for the two outlined age groups.
Tension between the young and the old Bulgarian management and employees is present at all levels.