Differences Between The Egyptian Culture And General Western Culture

1153 Words Aug 29th, 2016 5 Pages
In today’s world, cross culture communication is used every day within every industry. The ability to communicate effectively between two cultures can be quite a difficult task. In this essay some do’s and don’ts regarding cross cultural communication on a business level between the Egyptian culture and general Western culture will be discussed. The essay will explain the differences in listening and responding in regards to communicating, relationships, and business etiquette. The differences between Individualism and collectivism will be discussed along with the Power stance outline in Geert Hofstede’s cultural comparison of Egypt and Australia (Hofstede 2013).

Egypt’s population is mostly dominated by one culture with (94%) following the Sunni Islamic faith. The rest of the population is made up of a Coptic Christian faith following (6%) (Commisceo Global 2014). With such a dominant presences of Islamic faith in the community, day to day business is conducted heavily around their customs. In Geert Hofstede’s comprehensive research into national values throughout the world we can see the many difference and similarities between different cultures all around the world.

In Hofstede’s findings Egypt is considered a collectivistic society. Unlike many western cultures the general population is committed to putting the needs of the community above their own. Their social rules promote selflessness and encourage working together to support others and do what’s best for society…
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