MBA 6601, International Business Unit I Assignment Template 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 Emirates Vietnam England Power Distance High In the United Arab Emirates people understand and are accepting of a hierarchical order in which everybody has a certain position and which needs no more explanation. Hierarchy in an organization is seen as a display of fundamental differences, unification is prominent, underlings expect to be instructed what to do and the boss is a humane authoritarian. High In Viet Nam hierarchical order is important and must be given attention and must be adhered to. Orders are to be followed and not to be questioned and challenging leadership is frowned upon . Low The UK believes that differences between people should be minimalized. Birth right is important but believes that where you were born should not limit you. They feel everyone should be treated equally, Uncertainty Avoidance High The United Arabs Emirates has a high inclination for side stepping uncertainty. Low Vietnam has a low inclination to circumvent uncertainty. Countries with Low The UK scores low on uncertainty/avoi dance. The nation is happy
Countries with high Uncertainty Avoidance keep strict codes of belief and behaviour and are have a disdain for behaviour and ideas that are outside of their realm of acceptable. In cultures such as these there is a passionate need for rules and regulations, m these cultures there is an emotional need for rules (even if the rules never seem to work) time is money, people have an inner urge to be busy anoney is important and people want to work and stay busy, attentiveness and timeliness are the norm, technology and innovation are met with resistance and security is an important component in low scores in this domain have laid back attitude. They believe that
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- Spring '12
- Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Arab people