COM302-Cultural & Communication Patterns

COM302-Cultural & Communication Patterns - Thailand and...

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Thailand and the United States A Paper on Cultural and Communication Patterns For this paper I will be looking into the cultural patterns of my own culture, US American, and the patterns of Thai culture. I will try to investigate the potential effects that these communication patterns have on the members of these two cultures. I will also be discussing significant cultural values as they relate to verbal communication norms, nonverbal communication norms and relational communication norms that could persuade interpersonal communication with a member of the Thai culture and me. Globe In this paper I am going to correlate the cultural patterns Thai and US American using GLOBE, Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness, dimensions to compare and contrast the two. GLOBE is used to describe the dominant patterns of culture and contains various dimensions: Power Distance, Uncertainty Avoidance, and Gender Egalitarianism. The first dimension I am going to cover is Power Distance and is defined as, “The degree to which people believe that power should be stratified, unequally shared, and concentrated at higher levels of an organization or government” (Lustig & Koester, pg 117). In the Thai culture which seems to be a country of high power distance, decisions are made from the top. Even after the change to democracy people
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still look up to "leaders" in the government or any organization to lead them, to make decisions for them. “Most decisions are made at the top and transmitted down the hierarchical line of command to the workers who perform their duties as they are told” ( ). By working this way, nobody has to take any responsibility except the leaders, who seem to be either feared or highly respected. Another example we can see with power distance and the Thai culture is the family organization. Family is very important to the Thai culture, however even in a family dynamic, there is a hierarchy. The parents are seen as the leaders and the child will fully respect and do as they say. There is no talking bad or rolling of the eyes. What is said goes. The children are taught as a young age to obey and honor their parents. Compared to the Thai Culture, America is a low power distance country. We strive for equality and try to make everyone equal. As seen in the Thai culture, workers look up to and get their decisions from the top, in American culture we find it hard to take criticism and critic from other or our superiors.
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