Eighth honorary doctorate for Professor Geert Hofstede

University of Tartu Rector Volli Kalm hands over diploma and medal to Emeritus professor Geert Hofstede

Emeritus professor Geert Hofstede (1928) has been nominated a Doctor Honoris Causa of the historical University of Tartu, Estonia. The presentation ceremony was held on Saturday 1 December 2012.

Geert Hofstede was a Professor of Organizational Anthropology at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics from 1985 until his retirement in 1993.

In 1987 he founded the International Management Programme, the first in the Netherlands.

In 2006, the university established a Geert Hofstede Chair in cultural diversity, which is occupied by Professor Mark F. Peterson of Florida Atlantic University.

The Tartu honorary doctorate will be Hofstede’s eighth, after Nyenrode (Netherlands), Liège (Belgium), Göteborg (Sweden), Vilnius (Lithuania), Pécs (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Athens (Greece).

Hofstede is internationally known as a pioneer of comparative intercultural research; his concept of “dimensions of culture” is used worldwide.

His books have appeared in twenty languages; in the Wall Street Journal of May 2008 he was listed among the Top 20 most influential business thinkers.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and the Academy of International Business in the USA, a Honorary Fellow of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, and a Honorary Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and at the Renmin University of China in Beijing.

In 2011, Queen Beatrix granted him a Knighthood of the Order of the Dutch Lion.

The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 as Academia Gustaviana in the then Swedish province of Livonia, the second oldest university in the Swedish empire; the town was then called Dorpat. It changed hands and languages many times, and its present independence dates from 1992. The university this year celebrates both its 380th and its 20th anniversary.

More information: www.geerthofstede.eu

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