Translating Dispositional Resistance to Change to the Culture Level: Developing a Cultural Framework of Change Orientations

Shaul Oreg*, Noga Sverdlik

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A fundamental societal challenge is to balance the desire for growth, development, and progress on the one hand and the need for stability and maintenance of the status quo on the other. To better understand how societies deal with this challenge we employ the personality trait of dispositional resistance to change to conceptualize and empirically establish the concept of cultural change orientation. With data from individuals in 27 countries (N = 6487), we identify three culture-level change orientation dimensions (routine seeking, affective reactance, and cultural rigidity) and interpret their meaning through their relationships with established cultural frameworks (e.g. GLOBE, Hofstede, Inglehart, and Schwartz). We thus propose a new culture-level framework and test hypotheses about relationships between change orientation dimensions and national indexes of economic, technological, social, and environmental change. Our findings demonstrate meaningful differential relationships between the three change orientation dimensions and these societal outcomes.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)327-352
Number of pages26
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018

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Copyright © 2018 European Association of Personality Psychology

Keywords

  • cultural change orientations
  • cultural values
  • resistance to change

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