Essay about Cultural Differences Between Japan And Germany

839 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Cultural Differences in Hofstede’s Six Dimensions
Culture is intricately complex and constantly shifting meaning. With hundreds of nations in the world and billions of people, there are bound to be many similarities and differences between cultures. Hofstede defines culture as “the collective programming of the mind distinguishing the members of one group or category of people from others” (Hofstede, 2010). Using his six dimensions of culture, nations can be compared to each other in order to understand how they will interact. This paper will compare and contrast Japan and Germany 's cultures and how their cultural differences affect work relationships.
Japanese Cultural Scores
Similar to other Asian cultures, Japanese culture relies heavily on collectivism and loyalty to the group. In fact, Japan scores 46 in Individualism (based on Hofstede 's research) which indicates a collectivistic society (Hofstede, n.d.). Japanese people are fiercely loyal to their companies and family members but are not at the same level of collectivism as China or Korea. Individuals are expected to work in harmony with others to the extent of putting aside their own opinions for the good of the whole. Pressentin states it like this: “they have a tendency to think in ‘we’ terms instead of ‘I’” (Pressentin, 2015). This leads to indirect communication and group thinking rather than single efforts or 'dictator '-like commands.
In uncertainty, Japan scores 92 which is incredibly high. Based on…

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