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. [Middle East] [Asia] [Europe] Characteristics IRAN JAPAN IRELAND Power Distance Power Distance, according to Hofstede, can be defined as how less powerful members of an organization or society expect and accept power that is distributed unequally (de Mooij & Hofstede, 2010) HIGH Based on what I know of Iran, I find this country to be more of a hierarchical society. From this understanding, I would rate Iran as High in terms of Power Distance. The citizens of this country feel that every person has a place in society which needs no further justification. In regard to the workplace, one can see inherent inequalities. Lower level workers expect to be told what to do. And last but not least, an ideal boss is a compassionate dictator. HIGH I would rate Japan as Medium and High for Power Distance due to being a hierarchical society, but with no top dictator. Japanese tend to be cognizant of their hierarchical position in any social setting and act accordingly but are also able to collaborate. Workplace decision tends to be extremely slow due to the vertical nature of status. Decisions require all levels of approval up the chain of command. Japanese also believes all are equal. Anyone can get ahead and become anything if they are willing to work hard enough. LOW Ireland, I would rank as Low in terms of Power Distance due to how informal and collaborative society is at heart. They are a society that believes that disparities amongst one another should be minimized. Within Irish organizations, leadership is always accessible to subordinates and they collaborate with their staff on decision making, therefore minimizing the hierarchical feeling. Communication styles while they are direct, they are also transparent and information is shared regularly. Uncertainty Avoidance This dimension, according to Hofstede, comprises of how a society deals with the unknown or the future. Does the society or country try to control all aspects of the future or are they more of the MEDIUM Iran has a high preference for avoiding uncertainty. Iran tends to maintain rigid codes of belief and behavior. Society is intolerant HIGH Japan is a country that is constantly threatened by natural disasters. These disasters range from earthquakes to tsunamis and LOW Ireland has a low score for Uncertainty Avoidance. The area is not prone to natural disasters, other than the seasonal cold and dreary weather.
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