Clusters of World Culture

GLOBE researchers divided the data from 62 countries into regional clusters:

Clusters provide a convenient way to

  • Analyze similarities and differences between cultural groups
  • Make meaningful generalizations about culture and leadership

Clusters were found to be unique regional clusters that represent 10 distinct groups (Northouse, 2007, p.308):

  • Anglo
  • Latin Europe
  • Nordic Europe
  • Germanic Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Southern Asia
  • Confucian Asia.

GLOBE research analyzed data on each of the regions using the dimensions of culture. Results found regional clusters that were significantly higher or lower on particular dimensions (Northouse, 2007).

Sirje Virkus, Tallinn University, 2009