LOW Ireland has a culture classified as normative. The Irish tend to enjoy more time-honored traditions and are resistant to change without a little questioning. They also live in the moment, rather than think of the future.
Part 2 : Given your descriptions, explain which country is most like the United States and which country is most unlike the United States. Answer: Speaking in a generalized fashion, versus individual dimensions, I would have to state that I feel Ireland is the most like the United States. My reasonings for this include the fact that Americans do not rank very highly in a Power Distance mentality. America is known as the land of the free. Most are taught from a young age that hard work and attitude can allow one to be anything they want to be, as long as you are willing to work for it. Regarding individualism, America emphasizes on equal rights in all aspects of society and government. Hierarchy in the workplace is established more for convenience. Management is accessible and have open door policies. They also rely on their subordinates for their expertise, similar to the Irish. Also, like Ireland, employees expect transparency and frequent communication. Communication is also informal and direct. The United States also scores relatively similar to Ireland on masculinity. Americans have a very strong drive for competition and to be the best. Again, this can be observed from a young age, whether in school, sports, work, or elsewhere. The can- do attitude only creates more drive for process improvement or change. In regard to Uncertainty Avoidance, America scores similar again to Ireland. While America is open to new ideas, innovation, change, etc., they are also tolerant of ideas and opinions from anyone. America does not require a lot of rules and are not as emotionally expressive as other countries. Americans analyze information and check for the truth which reflects again a similar rating in regard to Long-Term Orientation when compared to Ireland. Americans are more realistic and have very strong viewpoints about what is good and what is evil. Within corporate America, organizations are more focused on short-term gains and quick results versus longevity. In contract, the United States is least like Japan. While Japan isn’t too different from a Power Distance perspective, all other dimensions are on opposite ends of the spectrum. As previously stated above, Japan is much more collectivistic society. They are more concerned with their group of people versus individual opinions. Japan is one of the most Masculine societies, again, focused on group competition versus one person achieving. Japan believes in rituals and tradition, again, ranking opposite of the United States who is open to individualization. And Lastly, Japan lives more for the future than the present. American’s are more concerned with right here, right now. While I believe all countries can have similarities in certain forms, they can also be complete opposites as proven throughout this assignment.
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