MBA 6601, International Business 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 Turkey Thailand Switzerland Power Distance High *Dependent, hierarchical, superiors inaccessible, centralized power, managers rely on bosses and rule, attitude towards managers is formal, and information flow selective. Ideal boss “father figure”. Same in work as family unit, father patriarch to whom others submit. Medium *Out of the Asian countries, Thailand is lower than average. Inequalities accepted, strict chain of command and protocol, ranks has privileges, employees demonstrate loyalty & respect for superiors for protection & guidance. Attitude towards management formal, information flow hierarchical and controlled. Low *German side - Inequalities amongst people to a minimal, characteristics such as independence, equal rights, superiors accessible, managers facilitate, coach and empower, and rely on the experience of their team members, employee consultation important, dislike control, communication direct and participative, informal and first name basis. **There is a French speaking part of Switzerland, accepts hierarchical order & challenges to leadership not well- received. Uncertainty Avoidance High *Much need for laws and rules, rituals, traditional social patterns, terms often used “Allah” may seem religious to foreigners, but mostly used to ease tensions. Medium *Slight preference for avoidance, strict rules, laws, policies and regulations in place, goal for ultimate control to eliminate or avoid unexpected, does not like change and must be for the greater good of the group if action is taken. Medium *Average for both sides *French stronger for avoidance, German side, less. Overall, high beliefs, intolerant of unorthodox behavior and ideas, emotional need for rules, time is money, have a need to be busy and work hard, precise and punctuality important,
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