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Title: Measurement equivalence in the conduct of a global organizational survey across countries in six cultural regions
Authors: De Beuckelaer, Alain
Lievens, Filip
SWINNEN, Gilbert
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: This study examined the measurement equivalence of a global organizational survey measuring six work climate factors as administered across 25 countries (N = 31.315) in all regions of the world (West Europe, East Europe, North America, Latin America, South America, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific). Across all countries, the survey instrument exhibited 'form equivalence' and 'metric equivalence', suggesting that respondents completed the survey using the same frame-of-reference and interpreted the rating scale intervals similarly. Schwartz's (1994, 1999, 2004) cultural value theory was then used for grouping the countries in cultural regions, and to anticipate measurement equivalence of the data from the survey within and between these regions. Results showed partial support for Schwartz's theory. The English-speaking region was the only region where empirical evidence for 'scalar equivalence' was found. No support was found for the prediction that measurement equivalence would be higher among countries that are part of cultural regions with a small cultural distance than among countries that are part of cultural regions with a large cultural distance. However, the use of a common language in a particular cultural region reduced the bias present in the cross-country comparison within that region.
Notes: Radboud Univ Nijmegen, Nijmegen Sch Management, NL-6500 HK Nijmegen, Netherlands. Univ Ghent, Ghent, Belgium. Hasselt Univ, Diepenbeek, Belgium.De Beuckelaer, A, Radboud Univ Nijmegen, Nijmegen Sch Management, Thomas van Aquinostr 1, NL-6500 HK Nijmegen, Netherlands.A.DeBeuckelaer@fm.ru.nl
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/7806
DOI: 10.1348/096317907X173421
ISI #: 000251675000003
ISSN: 0963-1798
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2009
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