Essay on Comparison Of Geert Hofstede 's Value Dimensions

1052 Words Nov 19th, 2014 null Page
Power distance relationship is the first of five of Geert Hofstede’s value dimensions. Power distance relationships “measures the extent to which power is distributed equally within a society and the degree that society accepts this distribution” (Herrmann). Countries range from having small-power-distance relationships to large-power-distance relationships. On Hofstede’s cultural comparison, Germany’s power-distance index is 35, which implies that organizations based in Germany follow the ideas of small-power-distance relationships (Hofstede, Culture’s Consequences 77). Organizations that rank low on power-distance relationships typically have employees with little dependence on their superiors, but employees prefer when their superiors consult them on issues. This interdependence allows the employees and superiors to have a close relationship, in which the employee can approach their superiors with ease (Hofstede, Cultures and Organizations 61). It is no surprise that organizations where employees and superiors have a close relationships, there is virtually no differences between the superiors and their subordinates. The hierarchical system in small-power-distance relationships is seen as a mean of convenience for organization within the company, and not much thought is given when it comes to who actually holds what position within the company. (Hofstede, Cultures and Organizations 74). In companies, like those in Germany, where hierarchical systems are used for…

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