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Value Dimensions: Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck Value Orientations

Value orientations is a theory, typology, and research method for the study of cultural values developed by the anthropologist Florence Kluckhohn as part of a multidisciplinary, multi-year, groundbreaking research project under the auspices of Harvard University. She conducted her research in a historically and multiculturally rich region of northwestern New Mexico (in the United States) in the late 1950s and early 1960s. As in much of life, credit must be given to timing, as her work appeared at the moment when what would later become the field of intercultural communication was looking for models and a vocabulary for what was then inchoate. Little did Kluckhohn imagine that her value orientations model would exert such an influence on the new field and would reach internationally far ...

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