Hofstede Comparison of Germany and China

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Hofstede’s Five Dimension comparison of Germany and China
Hofstede’s Five Dimensions
Hofstede’s five dimensions are a useful tool to give someone an insight of different cultures. These elements give a country’s behaviour tendencies rather than an exact prescription.
There are weaknesses to Hofstede’s Five Dimension theory as it may too easily encourage stereotyping. Even in countries as small as the UK, not all citizens are alike – e.g. it is argued that the culture in the North of England is quite different to the South. Hofstede has also been criticized for being too simplistic; however Hofstede’s theory does give us a general base to work from.
74 countries are listed on Hofstede’s website from which information can be
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Once a project or deal is committed to, staff have high trust in the order and
China has a high ranking of 80 than both Germany and the World Average which means that the power distance remains high in business and in society in general. This means that people are less willing to challenge authority which is likely due to old communism beliefs which still have a strong influence on people’s behaviour. China continues to receive criticism for not taking human rights seriously.
When doing business in China one must be aware of this large hierarchy gap. It is often hard to move up on their corporate ladder compared to other cultures.
PDI Suggestions for manager coming from Germany to China
In China, greetings are always done in age order, so ensure the eldest in the room is greeted first.
Status is very important in China so do not call someone by their Christian name until they invite you to do so. Instead, always address them by using their full title, eg Dr or Professor.
Ensure your business cards have your full qualifications on.
If any large announcements to general staff are needed, request a senior member of management do it.
Do not expect senior management to accept your ideas. Whilst they most likely will have no intention of accepting any ideas you may offer, they may politely say they will consider them to save “face”. “Let us think about it” is the Chinese way of saying “no”
Use power to exercise authority
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