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

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

OnderzoeksoutputAcademicpeer review

18 Citaten (Scopus)


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 context.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1154-1166
Aantal pagina's13
TijdschriftJournal of International Business Studies
Nummer van het tijdschrift9
StatusPublished - dec-2018

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