A Brief Note On The National Culture Of Norway And South Korea

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LASA: National Culture As you can see from the chart, Norway scores low on power distance which indicates Norwegians value independence, equal rights, decentralized management and teamwork. Management is informal and communication among employees is valued. Shared responsibilities are used to find newer and effective ways to gain knowledge. Discovery, sharing and learning are all highly regarded as a part of a modern and flat organization (Chakraborty & Mandal, 2011). All four other countries score high on power distance because these countries prefer centralized management, control and formality in the work environment. Citizens in Brazil, Turkey, Portugal and South Korea favor a formal hierarchy of power both at home and at work.…show more content…
Employers and employees view each other as family, and all of the employees are considered when employers make hiring or promoting decisions (Hofstede, Hofstede & Minkov, 2010). Brazil and Turkey also score low on individualism, but not quite as low. Their citizens have strong and tight bonds with extended families whom they protect in return for loyalty. The families often work for the same company, and the elders are expected to help get their younger family members hired. Conflict is avoided and communication is indirect within the families and in the work environment. Favoritism is more common in these collectivist societies (Hofstede, Hofstede & Minkov, 2010). Norway’s score is very low on masculinity. After Sweden Norway is the most feminine society. A feminine society appreciates a gentle culture and values harmony. Their citizens sympathize with those in need and are also environmentally aware. They do not live to work, but work to live. Benefits like free time and flexibility are preferred in the workplace. Supportive managers involve employees in decisions. Individuals who strive to be the best are not admired in a feminine society. Liking what you do is more important than status (Hofstede, Hofstede & Minkov, 2010). Turkey, Portugal and South Korea are also feminine societies, but still score much higher in masculinity than Norway. Brazil’s score is in between feminine and
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