Cultural Frameworks Of Culture Differences

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Introduction
It is universally recognised that cultures vary significantly across the globe; the variations of cultures may pose underlying effects to the operations of modern business in context of further progression of globalisation. To understand culture differences to a greater extent, the definition of culture needs to be clarified; Greet Hofstede (1994, p.1) defines it as ‘the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one category from another’. Therefore, it implies that people from different cultural backgrounds could have distinct behaviours and reactions even in the same situation. Thus, understanding the culture differences may be critical for conducting effective and efficient communications in multinational business management. Investigating into the potential influences of culture differences, this essay will discuss Hofstede’s cultural frameworks, with contrasts and comparisons with other frameworks; analysing the scores obtained for my background with this model; and finally providing recommendations on cross-cultural management

Discussion of cultural frameworks
According to Hofstede (1980, 1991), cultural values can be viewed in 5 dimensions, including power distance (PD); individualism versus collectivism (IC); masculinity versus femineity (MF); uncertainty avoidance (UA); and long term versus short term orientation(LSO).
The first dimension is PD. Hofstede (1980) explains that PD could be considered the degree of…
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