Emeritus Professor of Marketing
Journal Article | Research in Experimental Economics | 20 | January 2019
Culture as a Configuration of Values: An Archetypal Perspective
The aim of this article is to: (1) model culture as a configuration of multiple values, (2) identify different culture archetypes across the globe, and (3) empirically demonstrate heterogeneity in culture archetypes within and across 52 countries. The authors use Schwartz values from the World Values Survey (WVS) and the archetypal analysis (AA) method to identify diverse culture archetypes within and across countries.The authors find significant heterogeneity in culture values archetypes within countries and homogeneity across countries, calling into question the assumption of uniform national culture values in economics and other fields. The authors show how the heterogeneity in culture values across the globe can be represented with a small number of distinctive archetypes. The study could be extended to include a larger set of countries, and/or cover a broader range of theoretically grounded values than those available in the Schwartz values model in the WVS.Research and practice often assume cultural homogeneity within nations and cultural diversity across nations. The authors' finding of different culture archetypes within countries and similar archetypes across countries demonstrates the important role of culture sharing and exchange as a source of reducing cultural conflicts between nations and enhancing creativity and innovation through interaction and integration in novel ways.The authors examine culture as a configuration of multiple values, and use a novel AA method to capture heterogeneity in culture values within and across countries.