Hofstedes five dimensions of cultural values

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“Hofstede’s Five Dimensions of Cultural Values Hofstede’s five-dimensional measure of culture has been by far the most prominent and prevalent method for measuring demographic, geographic, economic, and political societal indicators since its inception in 1980” (Yoo, Donthu, & Lenartowicz, 2011). The scale takes the key points utilized by Hofstede on a federal level, and scale them down to the needs of an individual, but this has been proven difficult and small holes in the system have been found and challenged. Even with those issues Hofstede’s research has been the example most used and respected in the world today for Culture Value education and studies. Power Distance I received an 18, scorem this is in the middle of this category, since I dislike the concept of power distance. In business a leader/owner has to make decisions that will impact their company and its employees, and yes, I get it that they are the owners or the boss. But I feel there are too many people in power that make decisions solely based on their position or title. Not every leader has all the answers, leadership needs to leverage its employees experience, knowledge, and time. And employees who see a better way or idea should challenge leadership when they believe they have a better plan or method. Uncertainty Avoidance
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DELETED DUE TO TURN IT IN REPORT 9 I scored a lot higher here with Uncertainty Avoidance (25), I feel employees need a clear understanding of expectations and responsibilities from day one. With that said I also feel employees and the flexibility to do the job/work their own way and utilize their individual strengths. Instructions and standards are very important but have those as a minimum or base line is more ideal for allowing employees to expand the expectations into incredible products. Creativity is driven by exploration and exploration does not take place when employees have a line by line process to follow with no room for deviation. Granted this is work dependent, you would want someone to get creative with the flow of work while assembling a jet engine or a nuclear bomb. Collectivism I scored high (33) on Collectivism and I am not surprised since I a very connected with my family. I feel family should come first while still maintaining a quality of life for yourself. I feel Americans don’t support their family’s well enough and concentrate to much on their own personal needs and desires to much. In the service your fellow service men and women are taught to be family and you were to treat them as such but Americans are losing what family actually means, so they may be treating people poorly and think it’s ok because that’s how they were treated from family. For the business sector a company will need to set it’s core values, teach their employees what they and show them what they are in the aspect of what the company originally intended them to be. That way the employees will understand and know the values of their company as intended by the founder and management. Then the company will need to rate its employees based on these values to keep them upheld.
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