Cultural Elements (cultural + element)

Distribution by Scientific Domains


Selected Abstracts


Cultural structures and political life: The cultural matrix of democracy in Spain1

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL RESEARCH, Issue 3 2004
JORGE BENEDICTO
It uses as a case study the democratization process that has been taking place in Spain for the last 25 years. The Spanish case is especially interesting because of the powerful cultural framework established around the process of transition to democracy; a framework from which most political symbols and meanings of the new Spanish democracy emanate. After analyzing the basic categories of this cultural structure and the main consequences for the functioning of political life, the article goes on to argue that these cultural elements have shaped a special relationship between citizens and politics. [source]


Island Biocultural Assemblages , The Case of Kinmen Island

GEOGRAFISKA ANNALER SERIES B: HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, Issue 4 2003
Huei-Min Tsai
ABSTRACT A growing mass of research contributes to our understanding of how biological and cultural diversity are related in complex and important ways. This paper presents an assembling process of biodiversity and cultural diversity on an island, Kin-men (Quemoy), based on 1600 years of its environmental history. The study shows that the island's biocultural assemblages are a result both of external relations with the island's surrounding environment and internal relations within the island's changing human ecology. Distant political powers and economic forces are the two major external influences that have affected the flow of natural and cultural elements to and from the island, while ,screening effects' and ,isolation effects' are two factors that explain internal interactions. The island's biocultural assembling processes reveal that the openness of the island facilitates increase in the diversity of biocultural elements, while its less disturbed isolated condition fosters natural succession and co-evolution. The study suggests that biocultural assemblages and the associated processes of co-evolution and nature,society interactions are accomplished through the intermittent opportunities purposively provided by or inadvertently found in the openings and closures of boundaries, setting the scene for both boundary crossings and bounded shelter, by intent or chance. [source]


A measurement-communication-recognition framework of corporate culture change: An empirical study

HUMAN FACTORS AND ERGONOMICS IN MANUFACTURING & SERVICE INDUSTRIES, Issue 4 2002
Kwai-Sang Chin
Company culture, consisting of a shared pattern of basic values, beliefs, and organizational assumptions, is widely accepted as a powerful force to drive performance-enhancing behavior in an organization. Changing a well-established culture is, however, a highly complex issue. It is thus very challenging to implement a new organizational culture. This article presents the measurement-communication-recognition (MCR) framework to manage culture changes in an organization. Ten cultural elements are strategically identified, whereas a four-stage approach of implementation methodology is proposed in the framework. 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. [source]


Cultural theory in use: the intersection of structure, process and communication in business practice

JOURNAL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, Issue 4 2008
Camille P. Schuster
Examining and understanding the culture of 200+ countries to determine how business is conducted in those countries is a daunting and overwhelming prospect. By combining theories of culture, it is possible to create a Classification Of Cultures Model using Time, Task and Relationship concepts. However, this model does not suggest how to adapt when conducting business in a particular political/economic environment. Continua of cultural elements related to conducting business are created based upon structural elements, process elements and communication elements. Combining the continua with the Classification of Cultures Model creates the Global Business Process Model. This framework is a way to capture the array of cultures, identify similarities and differences in business practices, and provide a starting point for creating adaptive strategies and behaviours. Copyright 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]