Empirical and anecdotal models of cultural differences contrasted and compared
Erin Meyer’s empirical model is based on interviews with executives with no fixed questionnaire, dataset or validation. Her 8 cultural dimensions are focused on cultural differences in the workplace and its managerial and practical approach made her book a hit in the corporate market. Business leaders have a need for understanding cultural differences on a pragmatic, not a theoretical, level, and for advice on how to improve their communication, their leadership styles and their negotiation skills in order to achieve organizational goals in an international setting.
Richard Lewis created a model that divides the world into three cultural types. Based on observations and interviews with his language students, Lewis came to the conclusion that people can be divided into three clear categories based on behavior and style of communication.