When OD consultants admit their western bias, there is a lot of “unlearning” to do, and new skills need to be acquired.
It is much easier for OD consultants to haggle with my claim that OD values and tools are culturally tainted.
In one forum I participated in, someone even claimed that I have a personality disorder which has led me to claim that OD needs to be globalized in order to deal with global organizing. The psychological reductionism is much easier than admitting your own limitations and biases.
In case that you want a check list to see if you have a western cultural bias, answer the following 5 questions with a YES or NO.
1) Is having an ongoing candid dialogue at work better than ignoring differences and pretending that they do not exist?
2) If someone misrepresents key facts in a meeting on purpose, are they lying?
3) Do people all over the world think that teamwork means collaboration with their peers?
4) Is being mildly authentic at work generally preferable to showing rigid emotional restraint?
5) Does honest feedback generally motivate all staff, world wide, regardless of culture?
If you answered YES for all five questions, I would suggest that you try to understand your biases, and start unlearning the universality of your beliefs.. Otherwise forget about being effective in the global workplace.