In January 2001 Human Relations invited me to write a response to an article by Brendan McSweeney which was a critical examination of my 1980 book Culture’s consequences, to coincide with the forthcoming publication of the books ’ second edition. I reacted enthusiastically, but my enthusiasm quickly faded away when I saw McSweeney’s diatribe. I pointed out that the appearance of a re-written and updated edition of my 1980 book would make many of McSweeney’s comments obsolete. Also, I reacted to his style, which I found unnecessarily abrasive. Human Relations decided to publish McSweeney’s article anyway, in a somewhat mollified version. My response to his comments follow below. The second edition of Culture’s consequences contains a section: ‘Support and Criticisms of the Approach Followed ’ which reads as follows (endnotes omitted): The first edition of this book’s disrespect for academic borderlines paid off in a multidisciplinary readership. It also caused very mixed reviews: Some enthusiastic (e.g. Eysenck, 1981; Triandis, 1982; Sorge, 1983), some irritated, condescending, or ridiculing (e.g. Cooper, 1982; Roberts & Boyacigiller, 1984). I had made a paradigm shift in crosscultural studies, and as Kuhn (1970) has shown, paradigm shifts in any science meet with strong initial resistance. Editor’s Note This exchange has been prompted by interest in and response to the original McSweeney article in Vol. 55, No. 1 (January 2002) of the journal. The Editors regard this exchange as now closed
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