Cultural Aspects of Secrecy in Global Economy

  • Enric Serradell-Lopez
  • Victor Cavaller
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 49)


The main objective of this paper is to provide greater understanding of the nature of secrecy in firms. It presents an effort to develop some links between management of the secrecy and its relationship with culture. Using measures from Hofstede’s work, we have linked some dimensions of national culture with CIS 3 UE survey database. The results show that some attributes of the culture as Masculinity and Uncertainty Avoidance have impact on the tendency of the firms for not to patent and maintain secrecy of their innovations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enric Serradell-Lopez
    • 1
  • Victor Cavaller
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Business SciencesOpen University of Catalonia 
  2. 2.Department of Information and CommunicationOpen University of Catalonia 

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