Quotation Konara, Palitha, Mohr, Alexander. 2019. Why we should stop using the Kogut-Singh-Index. Management International Review. 59 (3), 335-354.




The Kogut and Singh (1988) index is the most widely used construct to measure cultural distance in international business and management research. We show that this index is incorrectly specified and captures the squared cultural distance. This inaccuracy is problematic because it means that the empirical findings on the effects of cultural distance presented in different strands of international business research are likely to be misleading. We specify the correct form of the distance measure based on the Euclidean distance formula and demonstrate the implications of using the incorrectly specified Kogut and Singh (1988) index.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Management International Review
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Why we should stop using the Kogut-Singh-Index
Volume 59
Number 3
Year 2019
Page from 335
Page to 354
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11575-019-00378-7
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11575-019-00378-7


Mohr, Alexander (Details)
Konara, Palitha (University of Sussex, United Kingdom)
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