Michele Gelfand’s research shows that many cultural differences reflect a simple, but often invisible distinction: The strength of social norms. Tight cultures have strong social norms and little tolerance for deviance, while loose cultures have weak social norms and are highly permissive. The tightness or looseness of social norms turns out to be a Rosetta Stone for human groups. It illuminates similar patterns of difference across nations, states, organizations, social class, and households. It is also a global fault line: many of the conflicts we encounter spring from the structural stress of tight-loose tension. At a time of intense political conflict and rapid social change, this template - and this webinar - shows us that there is indeed a method to the madness, and that moderation – not tight or loose extremes – has never been more needed.
This webinar was recorded on June 25, 2020 as part of the SIETAR USA Webinar Series.
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