Essay about Cross Cultural Management - Hofstede

1189 Words Dec 21st, 2011 5 Pages
* 1) Introduction

Work – related attitudes go along with cultural differences and with regard to business in multinational companies varying cultural behaviour plays an important role. Geert Hofstede, a famous Dutch management researcher, recognized the high explanatory power of these differences in his famous “national influences” – study (survey of 160,000 managers and employees of 60 countries). In compliance with Hofstede’s studies the most important results are the following: * Even though working in the same multinational company attitudes and behaviour of employees and managers can strongly differ form each other according to their cultural roots. * In contrast to factors like age, profession, gender, etc. the key
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As the majority of employees and managers develop a great self – interest in achieving the own settled objectives, German business people usually can be characterized by a high level of self – belief, self – determination and a well – marked free will. Furthermore it is usual to speak one’s mind, even in meetings or conferences, in order to get one’s own way. This “direct” form of communication however cannot be seen as disadvantage in Germany. On the contrary, it is just a proof of facing honest business partners, team colleagues or superiors. Nevertheless foreign professionals might get the impression that Germans put their interests or problems in the centre without carrying about good atmosphere prevails. Compared to countries with a high Collectivism rank, German networks, both working and social ones, are also only loose and do not necessarily offer protection or security to their members.

2.2) Power distance

“United power breaks castle and electricity.”
In general you can say that managers, team leaders or superiors in Germany normally try to make decisions in cooperation with their employees, team members or subordinate personnel. As a consequence the power distance is quite low. From this reason the selected proverb emphasis the big strength of “united power”. German businessmen try to create a kind of “each – other – consulting” within their organizations (top – down and bottom up) by establishing two – way communication paths as well as

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