The arrest of Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn shocked the financial world. Will his behavior be attributed to the context of the situation, or will he be vilified for having a bad character?
The story is still developing, but there is interesting evidence that Dependent and Interdependent cultures see causes for behavior differently.
A study of Chinese & American news stories on mass murder cases showed significant differences in attributing cause to either the environment or to the individual.
Other studies have shown Hindu Indians gave twice as much contextual reasons for behavior than Americans, and Hong Kong football fans blamed circumstances while Americans blamed players.
This may connect to Collectivist culture emphasis on relationships & context, while Individualist cultures see internal forces in the individual as more important.
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