Unit I Assignment Sheena Wilson Professor Matthew Ademola MBA 6601, International Business
Unit I Assignment For this assignment, you will use Hofstede’s characteristics to differentiate international and domestic business operations. This exercise will help identify the key characteristics that drive business decisions on an international and domestic level. 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 each country deserves that description. Part 2: Given your descriptions, explain which country is most like the United States and which country is most unlike the U.S. Your response must be a minimum of three pages in length. After closely reviewing the syllabus, study guide, and Hofstede’s characteristics, I have concluded that there are several ways to identify and differentiate both international and domestic business operations. Identifying the key characteristics has made it easy to determine business decisions on both an international and domestic level. Part one: In doing this assignment, I was instructed to pick three individual countries - one in the Middle Eastern area, one in Asia, and one in Europe and apply Hofstede’s characteristics to each one; then state if the characteristic is low, medium, or high in each country. After taking the time to effectively research several countries I decided to pick Iraq, China, and Germany. I selected the countries because I was looking for more diverse countries that I always wanted to explore and know more about. In addition, the three countries selected were selected to further understand and apply Hofstede’s characteristics to determine if the characteristic is low, medium, or high and explain why each country deserves the description provided in the text. So, lets start with the first country-Iraq. Based on Hofstede’s characteristics, Iraq is determined to be Low with Long-term/Short-term
Orientation, Femininity, and Individualism/Collectivism. Iraq is high when it comes to Power Distance, Uncertainty Avoidance, and Masculinity. Just to elaborate a little more on each: Power Distance- This characteristic deal with the fact that all people in societies are not alike; it also expresses the attitude of the culture towards these inequalities. Power Distance is defined as the extent to which the less powerful members of institutions and organizations within a country expect and accept that power is distributed unequally. Iraq
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- Summer '19
- Business, Entrepreneurship, Hofstede’s characteristics