Cultural Dimensions Of Cultural Dimension Model Essay

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Cultural Dimension Model
Professor Geert Hofstede conducted one of the most comprehensive studies of how values in the workplace are influenced by culture. He is recognized internationally for having developed the first empirical model of “dimensions of national culture”, thus establishing a new paradigm for taking account of cultural elements in international economics, communication and cooperation (Hofstede). Professor Geert Hofstede conducted one of the most comprehensive studies of how values in the workplace are influenced by culture (“Hofstede’s Cultural Dimension Theory”). Professor Hofstede defines culture as “the collective programming of the mind distinguishing the members of one group or category of people from others”. The scope of countries analyzed by Professor Hofstede indicates the diversity of culture globally. In particular, Japanese culture and other western culture are quite diverse. According to Professor Hofstede’s research, Japanese culture is notably different when compared to American (US) culture as it relates to the six cultural dimensions of the model (Figure 1).

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The first Hofstede cultural dimension compared is “Power Distance” which is an indicator that boundaries between people at different levels within that society or organization are clearer and more firm (Payne). In the Hofstede comparison of this dimension as it relates to American and Japanese societies, the two cultures have somewhat similar scores which indicate…

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