Examine the Roles of Hierarchy and Power Within East and Western Enterprises

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TISHYA WICKREMESINGHE - WITND12

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Introduction ..................................................................................................................................... 2 Culture............................................................................................................................................. 2 Eastern culture versus Western culture ........................................................................................... 3 Power Distance Index (PDI): Geert Hofstede ................................................................................. 4 Hierarchy and Equality: Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner ........................................................ 4 PDI and Educational
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For example, the eldest son in a family will not be permitted to talk to his parents or grandparents the same way he talks to his younger siblings. This social hierarchy is apparent in Asian schools where people in younger schools act very polite to their upperclassmen. The Western culture; in contrast to Eastern or Asian culture. The quality of life is strongly valued in western culture where families should be prioritized before work. Western cultures such as the US are much more laid back compared to Eastern cultures regarding human interactions. Western cultures are not as reserved and stand closer together when having conversations. In Western cultures, they consider life as a form of service, whether it is toward your business, family, belief, and so on. In Eastern cultures, life is viewed as a never ending journey, although of course this depends on which Eastern cultural belief we are focused on. Eastern cultural tend to have a more spiritual approach to their goals where they encourage each individual to lead a virtuous life while striving towards their success, while Western culture is more materialistic which refers to the concrete elements you have in your life such as money and strives towards success through ethical analysis and actions.

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TISHYA WICKREMESINGHE - WITND12

Power Distance Index (PDI): Geert Hofstede

PDI refers to the degree of inequality that exists, and is accepted, especially by the less
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