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13 years - Freedom or Security?: A theory testing case study about how cultural dimensions of job motivation are related to organizational structure in the military
Swedish National Defence College. Helmut Schmidt University.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In a world where multinational cooperation and cross-cultural challenges are part of daily life, understanding cultures has become increasingly important. That people and organizations develop together might seem obvious, but that culture can be studied to understand the structure and approach of organizations, is perhaps less so.

In this paper, a major structural difference in the armed forces of Germany and Sweden is examined; having to sign a contract to serve for 13 years or not having to sign a contract with service length restrictions. Hofstede's theory Dimensions of National Culture is applied to the case to see whether the cadets' motivation and behavior is affected by this major difference in the two otherwise very similar organizations. The study aims also to explore whether the findings can be considered correct given that semi-structured interviews were conducted to see if the thoughts of the cadets are in line with what the theory claims.

The conclusion is that the theory can be used to understand how cadets' motivation and behavior supports the structural organizations present in Germany and Sweden. However, the interviews show that the theory is very generalizing and that not all cadets' thoughts are consistent with what the theory states in every case.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 101 p.
Keyword [en]
Hofstede, culture, motivation, organizational structure, military
National Category
Social Sciences Humanities Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4783OAI: diva2:729606
Subject / course
War Studies Thesis
Educational program
Officersprogrammet (OP)


Available from: 2014-08-14 Created: 2014-06-26 Last updated: 2014-09-22Bibliographically approved

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