Journal article

The Kogut and Singh national cultural distance index: Time to start using it as a springboard rather than a crutch

Robbert Maseland, Douglas Dow, Piers Steel

JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STUDIES | PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

This Counterpoint investigates the continued relevance of the 30-year-old Kogut and Singh (KS) index of cultural distance. KS was a seminal contribution, highlighting the relevance of cultural differences in IB. However, since then, simplistic replications of the original arguments and index have prevented us from progressing towards a better understanding of how cross-national differences matter. We discuss the mechanisms underlying the construct and how they relate to the algorithm, data, and its critiques. We call for more theoretically informed approaches, highlighting the underlying mechanisms, and specifying which data and algorithms best capture those mechanisms in each research conte..

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