6. Cultural Variations

6. Cultural Variations - BADM 066 Organizational Behavior...

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Unformatted text preview: BADM 066 Organizational Behavior Cultural Variations in OB: Some Examples Earlier in the semester, you learned that countries differ in terms of cultural values that influence the behaviors and attitudes of people in a country. It is important to understand that the OB concepts that you have learned during the semester are based primarily on U.S.-based research, and so may work differently in countries where the cultural values are different to those in the U.S. Two cultural dimensions that are particularly relevant in OB are power distance and individualism/collectivism. Below is a brief review of each of these cultural dimensions and examples of how some of the OB concepts taught during the semester differ in countries where the cultural values along these two dimensions are different to those in the U.S. A. Power Distance: High power distance - People accept an unequal distribution of power in society; there is a belief that social status determines power and an acceptance of hierarchical structures - Boss is always right...
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2011 for the course BADM 066 taught by Professor Bailey during the Fall '07 term at GWU.

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