Analysis Of Hofstede 's Five Dimensions Of Culture

906 WordsApr 16, 20164 Pages
Management styles differ with each country, region and industry. From varying leadership styles, religious beliefs, geography to social mores to gender differences, there are many challenges facing managers in today’s global economy. I work for a global medical device and software industry where we have offices and regional management structures across the globe. I’ve had the privilege of working with managers and team members in the UK and European markets and have noticed many differences between how we manage staff, resources and clients. While we have commonalities in the product we’re implementing or presenting to clients or even the language we speak, in the end, we conduct business differently depending on the country or region we’re from. In analyzing Hofstede’s five dimensions of culture we can better understand the cultural differences between the U.S. and Europe. (Hall, 2014) “The cultural dimensions represent independent preferences for one state of affairs over another that distinguish countries (rather than individuals) from each other.” (National Culture) Power distance is the comparison of small vs. large power distance which is the distribution of power and how the society accepts or manages inequalities. (National Culture) In some eastern European countries I’ve noticed that staff working for my company in these areas understand the inequalities of power but readily accept that they can’t change that they have very little power or
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