From intuitive to formal cultural knowledge

Date of publication: November 18, 2010


As global marketing and market research efforts increasingly become centralized, one of the fallouts has been a loss of intuitive cultural knowledge that has traditionally been built into consumer insight and marketing communication by local teams working within their own cultures. Formalizing implicit, unstructured cultural knowledge is challenging, and what we are sorely missing is a common language and framework that allows us to compare markets on the most important elements that define culture. This presentation reviews efforts to develop a universal, archetype-based framework to understand and compare cultures.

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