This assignment is aimed at evaluating the article from existing basis of theories, research methods to researchers’ findings. It is structured as followed. The assignment will briefly describe the paper which is going to be evaluated at first, and then state the main theoretical framework of the article combining with its theoretical underpinning. Followed by that, the whole research design and the use of methods which were relative to this research will be put into evaluation, also it will expound some limitations of these methods. And then it will come up with the analysis of the reliability of the researchers’ findings and conclusions. Finally, the implications which based on the previous sections will be presented, and some personal experience and interpretations will be put at the end.
This article raised an argument to the existing dimensional approach at first, and presented the culture is not consistent but rather changing constantly, then put forward the view of emphasizing to incorporate the specific context and power dynamic rather than take the traditional and universal approach.
The research is mainly focus on the power dynamics which was based on the cross-cultural perception between Dutch and Curaçaoans. The investigation was done between two typical organizations: the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the police from the national and organizational context. The research collected the data mainly through combining the ways of interviews, observation and literature study. Besides, the selection of the interviewees and interviewers was according to the particular methods in order to improve the veracity of the data. It was aimed to illustrate the influence of power dynamics between the two ethnic groups, Dutch and Curaçaoans.
From the aspect of organization, in the IRS, the situation seemed positive by both sides, the Dutch thought there were still some cultural differences between them but they considered it manageable. For the Curaçaoans, Dutch qualities were seen positive, especially higher in the organization. On the contrary, the situation in the police was much worse than in the IRS. In the police, the Curaçaoans were seen outside the white group and also faced problem of discrimination.
Furthermore, the cultural perception was influenced prominently by the power dynamics. From the aspect of different contexts, in Curacao, the postcolonial context and the power imbalance affected the perception. In the Netherlands, the perception was mainly impacted by the organizational context and the hierarchical position. The intra-organizational and extra-organizational factors play a significant role in actual interaction.
At the end, the article reaffirmed the research of cross-cultural perception should take the power dynamics into consideration combining with the relative factors of context instead of using a universal value-based method.
Theory construction and evaluation