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HOW CULTURAL FIT WORKS

Upon completing our 5-minute survey, you will have your unique cultural fit map saved to your profile. You can then see how well you fit with the school of your choice and we will also give you an additional list of 3 Top 100 Financial Times business schools that match your beliefs best.

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List with 3 schools offering the best cultural fit for you (out of all the top schools listed on Unimy).

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Based on business schools culture and organisational behaviour study over a 2-year period.

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Upon completing our 5-minute survey, you will have your unique cultural fit map saved to your profile. You can then see how well you fit with the school of your choice and we will also give you an additional list of 3 Top 100 Financial Times business schools that match your beliefs best.

In order to give you accurate results, we will need to learn more about your beliefs and expectations. Please register or log in, in case you already have an account.

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Please, describe your ideal business school by answering the questions below:

Everybody should dress the way he/she prefers without any explicit or implicit pressure to follow some uniform style

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Romantic relationships between students should not be viewed well

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The students should tend to dress in a formal way

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There should be a clear uniform etiquette (a set of ‘good manners’) that most people feel obliged to follow

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Spending time with classmates for coffee and snacks during breaks, after classes or on non-study days, should be considered a good investment of one‘s time by many

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It should be easy to approach and talk to any student or alumni even outside one’s class

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Group members should take pride in the individual accomplishments of their group leader

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Group leaders should take pride in the individual accomplishments of group members

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The alumni should feel loyalty to the business schools

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It should be a common practice at the end of a meeting or a session to provide a summary of what has been discussed, in addition to the structured agenda written beforehand

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Any communication concerning goals and tasks should be delivered in written form to ensure there will be no ambiguity

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Students should be able to easily obtain authority to make some important decisions if they want to

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Regarding study content, in some cases the opinion of students should be considered more important than that of professors

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Students should be expected to:

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It should be considered as acceptable a student to add a professor on Facebook

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Events should be usually

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Applying innovations to improve performance should be generally

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Most students should set challenging study and work goals for themselves

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Most of the work should be highly structured, which leads to few unexpected events

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Keeping with tradition should be the first consideration when defining a common practice

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Structured vs. Flexible organization

This dimension measures comfortable structuredness within the business school as an organization, revealing how faculty, administration, and students tend to deal with unknown potential situations.

To what extent faculty, staff, and students feel appropriate to establish and follow rules and procedures? How tolerable is leaving freedom to find their own way instead? Formal processes, and established procedures are characteristics of a more structured environment. In a more flexible organization, people have fewer generalized guidelines and embrace spontaneity.

In organizational theory, this concept is referred to as Uncertainty Avoidance.

For example, a structured environment would emphasize clarity, order and rules, while a flexible structure encourages adaptability and individual variation in the behavioral responses to one and the same situation.

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Explicit vs. Intuitive communication

This dimension is a measure of the communication preferences within the organizational practices: explicit and detailed vs. subtle and context-dependent. It reveals some characteristics of the communication style in a particular business school community. To what extent is communication precise and clearly expressed? If greatly so, then the environment is one that embraces explicit communication. On the other hand, if communication tends to be subtler, allowing room for interpretation depending on context, the environment is one of intuitive communication and will require more interpretation from individual members.

In organizational theory terms, this scale evaluates Low vs. High Context.

In an explicit environment, for example, class assignments are written in great detail so that students clearly understand everything that may be expected of them.

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Personal Contribution vs. Collective Accomplishment

This dimension measures the degree to which organizational practices support the collective interest and a cooperative course of action, as well as the immersion of individuals in the group identity. It characterizes the extent to which the business school enables members of its community to position themselves and achieve success, and it reveals how much the organization encourages individual achievements vs. collaboration. Certain environments will value group over individual recognition, while others will recognize individual merit in addition to—or more than—group achievement.

The corresponding concept in organizational theory is Individualism vs. Collectivism.

For example, in a culture of team spirit, the learning and achievement of the class is stressed over the performance of any single individual.

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Long-term vs. Ad Hoc orientation

This dimension offers insight into the extent to which individuals are encouraged to engage in future-oriented behaviors such as planning and investing in the future. How does the business school community expect its members to relate to the future in order to achieve the desired results? To what extent does the community value investing time and energy in advance planning? When it does, this is an environment with a long-term orientation. One that tends to act according to the current situation has a greater ad-hoc orientation.

This concept in organizational theory is referred to as Future Orientation.

For instance, in an environment with long-term orientation, the accepted norm is that one plans ahead to be successful.

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Formal vs. Informal Relationships

This measure reveals the acceptable degree of inequality practices based on the formal roles of the organizational members, such as students and professors. What is the acceptable degree of formality between roles? How does the community expect relationships between members to be initiated and conducted? In more official organizations, the relationship between a student and professor is more formal, with greater distance. In organizations with friendly organizations, less-formal communication and role expectations may be found between professors and students.

In organizational theory, this dimension measures the Power Distance in a culture.

In a friendly environment, for example, a student may contact a professor via email or in person at any time of the day, while in a formal environment, an appointment for office hours may be the norm.

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Liberal vs. Classical Style

This dimension unveils the degree to which members of the business school community follow role-defined etiquette, established traditions on behavior and conduct, and a common style. A classical style is based on established etiquette, while a liberal style may have evolving traditions and more acceptance for a range of individual conduct.

Sample question:
Agree or disagree: It is acceptable for a professor to come to class dressed in a t-shirt.

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Why is fit an important factor in the decision process?

Over the last few years, our team of experts has seen the phenomenon of university or program culture become more and more important in students’ application and decision-making processes. The right fit enhances your educational experience. Because ‘culture’ can be a complex concept—and sometimes difficult to understand from the outside—we have created a unique exploratory and mapping process to help you make the right decision when it comes to your school of choice. All matches are made with business schools ranked in the top 100 globally by the Financial Times rankings.

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How long does the survey take?

Our survey takes about 2-4 minutes to complete. It asks you to imagine your ideal business school environment.

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How do you use my answers?

Your responses are used to map your values and expectations on six dimensions. Then, your results are overlaid onto three top school matches using our extensive data set and psychometric methods.

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Tell me more about the science behind my Cultural Fit Map?

All results use extensive research from organizational behavior and industrial psychology to match you with schools ranked in the top 100 globally by the Financial Times. Four of the scales in the Cultural Fit Map derive from the theoretical and methodological framework of the GLOBE Project (House et al 1996, 2004), used with permission from the GLOBE Foundation. The other two scales were developed with expert researchers specifically for Unimy and have been tested with a robust sample of nearly 700 respondents who are current students at or alumni of the top 100 business schools globally as ranked by the Financial Times.