Culture and leadership in a flat country: The case of the Netherlands

Henk Thierry*, Deanne N. Den Hartog, Paul L. Koopman, Celeste P.M. Wilderom

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Dutch GLOBE data are presented in this chapter with an overview of the history of Holland and later the Netherlands. From the Middle Ages onward, Dutch cities had substantial local autonomy, which led their educated citizens and merchants to rule themselves to a large extent. This relative autonomy stimulated independent thought and judgment, a climate that helped Protestantism to gain much ground. Foreign trade facilitated the rise of a liberal culture. Later on, religious denomination became an important societal organization principle. After the Second World War industrial relations were characterized by an economic order that emphasized mixed capitalism (in which the government has a strong role), consultation among major parties, and a welfare state.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture and Leadership Across the World
Subtitle of host publicationThe Globe Book of In-Depth Studies of 25 Societies
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9780429241161
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2007


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