An Analysis of Management and Leadership Strategies Using the Hofstede Cultural Dimensions Model

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Hofstede profiled throughout his research efforts over the last three decades. Many corporations rely on this model for planning their globalization strategies, specifically looking at how best to align managers and leaders with specific attributes to nations whose cultures will be most complementary and congruent to their own (Hofstede, McCrae, 2004).
Analysis
The United States has among the highest Individualism (IDV) scores globally in the model. Dr. Hofstede has defined this index value as the one that measures the propensity of a given culture to value individual achievement over collective accomplishment (Hofstede, 1993). The global median level for this metric is 43%. The U.S. culture has a score of 91, showing an extreme focus on individual achievement and accomplishment. For managers being assigned to westernized nations, the IDV value will be comparable to the U.S. and the transition will not be difficult. Where difficulties on this dimension occur however are in the Asian, Africa and Latin American nations that have a more collectivist mindset of accomplishment (Hofstede, 1993). Americans and those from westernized nations could very easily be seen as overbearing and too self-focused to blend into the culture. The…

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