Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Oct 2010 20:54 UTC
Apple Is it an indication of Steve Jobs' (in)famous strive for perfection, or just stupid bone-headedness? The white variant of the iPhone 4 was first delayed for a few weeks, but those few weeks became 'end of the year'. Now we know why: the manufacturers Apple employs are apparently having issues matching the shades of white of the various components. This anecdote ties in nicely with a very interesting interview with John Sculley about Steve Jobs' ways of doing business.
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RE[4]: Akio Morita
by tylerdurden on Sat 16th Oct 2010 23:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Akio Morita"
tylerdurden
Member since:
2009-03-17

Surprise "individualistic" does not mean what you think it means.

I lived for a few years in Southern Europe, and I have worked for months at a time in Japan. In the big scheme of things, there were not as many social differences, esp. with regards to working hierarchy, methodologies and social support, as there seem to be with what I have experienced living in the USA.

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RE[5]: Akio Morita
by Eddyspeeder on Sun 17th Oct 2010 01:34 in reply to "RE[4]: Akio Morita"
Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

Well I tend to adhere to the social psychological definitions of "individualism" and "collectivism" that Geert Hofstede has used since his authoritative book "Culture's Consequences", which was first issued in 1980. See his site: http://www.geert-hofstede.com/

Your personal discoveries actually confirm his findings. If you click on the countries in the left bar, you'll actually see that Spain and Japan score about the same on the individualism (IDV) scale; Portugal and Greece scoring even lower (so they are more collectivist). Note, though, that Japan is in fact scoring twice above Asia's average on individualism. So it's no black-and-white situation here; it is safe to say that on average many Western countries are predominantly individualist, while many Eastern countries are predominantly collectivist, but there are other major cultural factors involved too.

Surprisingly though, Sweden scores quite high on individualism, but my country of the Netherlands is still one of the most individualized societies. Interestingly though, political forces have recently started trying to turn our culture into a so-called 'civic society' in which we voluntarily take on part of the responsibility to care for the needy in our direct (social) environment.

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RE[6]: Akio Morita
by bitwelder on Mon 18th Oct 2010 06:39 in reply to "RE[5]: Akio Morita"
bitwelder Member since:
2010-04-27

So it's no black-and-white situation here; it is safe to say that on average many Western countries are predominantly individualist, while many Eastern countries are predominantly collectivist, but there are other major cultural factors involved too.

If you want to be more accurate, you can say that individualism is high primarily in Anglo-Saxon cultures.

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