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Priority of Competencies and Cultural Sensitivity of the Vacancies Texts for the Position of "Project Manager": A Cross-country Comparison

Student: Ekaterina Vlakh

Supervisor: Natalia Volkova

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Sociology and Social Informatics (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 8

Year of Graduation: 2020

The current research investigates if any distinctive characteristics can be determined in the job vacancies texts among seven countries in terms of both job requirements and cultural features. Initially, over the past decades, due to the globalization processes the international labour market has been developing. Employers and HR practitioners face a problem of lack of knowledge in foreign candidates hiring. Furthermore, the difference in human capital which is bound up with knowledge, skills and abilities and culturally specific features in job ads were found in some research. First, the aim of this study, though, is to identify the set of KSA models for Project Manager occupation sought by employers in both Russia and six English-speaking countries (Australia, Canada, India, the UK, Singapore, and the US). Secondly, to juxtapose job adverts' keywords identified by content analysis with cultural values according to the Hofstede 6-d model of cultural dimensions. As a result of the research, it can be found out that the KSA models of the job ads differ among seven countries, and detected keywords reflect the Power Distance, Individualism/Collectivism, and Masculinity/Femininity Hofstede cultural dimensions.

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