MBA 6601, International Business Unit I Assignment - Hofstede’s Characteristics Part 1 : Pick three individual countries, one in the Middle East, one in Asia, and one in Europe. Apply Hofstede’s characteristics to each one, and state if the characteristic is low, medium, or high in each country. Also, explain why you think each country deserves that description. Characteristics United Arab Emirate Vietnam England Power Distance High - UAE citizens accept and expect that power is distributed unequally. It is common to for members of this society to accept their place in the social hierarchy regardless of how high or low they fall in it. UAE has a federal absolute monarchy government which reflects the hierarchy beginning with the Emir or King of each of the seven emirates. High - Vietnam's culture values a high power distance. It is centrally important to the citizens of Vietnam. In other words, they do not view each other's positions as equal. In Vietnam's labor force, it is expected to exemplify such power distance when addressing a superior at a place of work. Formalities at work are highly valued and used to keep a high and healthy power distance. Low - England ranks low in power distance. England consists of a society which believes that inequalities among people should be minimized to the best extent possible. Research indicated that the level of power distance index is lower amongst those of the higher class in Britain than those of the lower class.
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- Spring '12
- Business, United Arab Emirates