Model and Research

The Model of Freedom

The Corporate Culture Scan (CCS) follows the structure of the Model of Freedom. This model is developed by Mijnd Huijser, inspired by the work of Kolb (learning styles) and Leary (Rose of Leary, behavior and influencing). Originally the model was only used to map national cultural differences*. Cultures were mapped, based on the worldwide academic research of Geert Hofstede and Fons Trompenaars. After twelve years of fine-tuning and testing in real-life experiences of professionals in Fortune 500 companies, the model was ready to map organizational cultural differences. The Model of Freedom has four dimensions in which all national and organizational cultures can be categorized. All cultures fit into one or more of the following orientations: Action, Process, Task and Role.

The CCS not only shows responses to questions, but also delivers scores that can be plotted in the Model of Freedom. Thus we make full use of the fact that the Model of Freedom visualizes cultures and makes a comparison between cultures an easy task. Besides, the model tells us about learning styles and influencing mechanisms.

Read more about the model in Mijnd Huijser’s book The Cultural Advantage, A New Model for Succeeding with Global Teams (Intercultural Press, Boston, USA, 2006, 2nd edition 2008, 3rd edition 2010, 4th edition Ayn Press, Haarlem, Netherlands 2010).

Note* The Personal Cultural Profiler (PCP) also follows the structure of the Model of Freedom. With the PCP the Model of Freedom is limited to mapping national cultural differences in management styles.

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