Australia: Hofstede 6 Dimesions Essay

637 Words Apr 30th, 2015 3 Pages
Cultural Environments
POWER DISTANCE (PDI)
This element of Hofstede's Cultural Typology indicates the way that power is distributed and all members of society are not equal. Australia is a low power distance country. Cultures with low power distance follow an equal distribution of power. The relationship between bosses and employees in Australian organizations is interdependent in comparison to dependent in a high power distance society.
Like Australia, the United States is considered a low power distance country. The United States ranks just slightly higher than Australia on this scale. This means that the informal way of doing business, that the US is known for, is even less formal in Australia. This means that communication and
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Australia is considered to be a masculine country, which is shown by the pride they take in their achievements (Australia).
The United State is also considered to be a masculine culture, to almost exactly the same degree that Australia is. Masculine cultures like these must take caution when dealing with feminine cultures. Feminine countries, such as Sweden work best in a supportive environment and expect conflict to be handled through compromising (Sweden). In order to build and maintain relationships with feminine cultures, masculine cultures must be sure to take these expectations into consideration.
UNCERTAINTY AVOIDANCE
Uncertainty avoidance refers to the “extent to which the members of a society are uncomfortable with unclear, ambiguous, or unstructured situations,” (Green & Keegan, 2015). Australia is ranked intermediately in this category, meaning they are not considered a high uncertainty avoidance culture, nor a low uncertainty avoidance culture (Australia).
This is one category that the United States differs from Australia on. Ranking slightly lower, the United States is considered a low uncertainty avoidance country. This has lead to a lot of innovation, willingness to try new things, and openness to new ideas (United States). In contrast, high uncertainty avoidance countries, such as Italy, are uncomfortable and become stressed by ambiguous situations

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