Analysis Of Hofstede

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1.0 Introduction
The Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory was conducted by Professor Geert Hofstede. The Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory are the model of Hofstede was the outcome of factor analysis done on a global survey of the value system of employees at IBM between the years 1967 and 1973. This theory was one of the initial ones which could quantify cultural differences (Cleverism, 2015). The six dimensions of national culture are based on extensive research done by Professor Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, Michael Minkov and their research teams which is power distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance, long term orientation and indulgence. The original theory that Hofstede proposed talked of four dimensions, namely power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism versus collectivism and masculinity versus femininity. After conducting independent studies in Hong Kong, Hofstede included a fifth dimension, known as long-term versus short-term orientation, to describe
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People in some cultures accept a higher degree of unequally distributed power than do people in other cultures (The Articulate CEO, 2011). Norway shows that scores low is 31 of this dimension. Theirs is a low power distance culture, which means that it is less hierarchical than countries with high power distance. Such low Power Distance values in Norway are manifested in certain aspects of Norwegian business practices such as little use of formal titles, dress codes, and attitudes to practical tasks in the workplace. In Norway normally they prefer people to be laidback, relaxed and “normal”. Most organizations do not adhere to strict dress codes to show status. Even in institutions such as parliamentary offices and legal institutions, a senior member may be dressed as informally as a junior staff member (Sage Open,
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