Hofstede 's Dimensions Of Cultural Values

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The concept of cultural intelligence and its applications in management has become a pivotal business issue, especially in the context of cross-cultural management. Therefore, it is imperative for executives to understand the science behind it, which is culture itself. This essay will explore various cultural frameworks with a focus on Hofstede’s Dimensions of Cultural Values, and also conduct a further analysis through a comparison of my cultural scores with that of my own country. Furthermore, a cross-cultural business situation will be evaluated to apply the coherent frameworks to solve the possible issues arising from differences in culture.
Discussion of cultural frameworks

In the field of cross-cultural studies, Geert Hofstede’s Dimensions of Cultural Values framework is widely recognised and greatly employed in cultural assessment (Bing 2004, Michael and College 1997). Using data extracted from the IBM international workforce in the 1960s, he identified four dimensions of culture (power distance (PD), uncertainty avoidance (UA), individualism/collectivism and masculinity/femininity) and later included the dimension of short-term orientation (STO) /long-term orientation (LTO) into the mix (Magnusson, Wilson, Zdravkovic, Zhou and Westjohn 2008). According to Hofstede (1993), by evaluating these dimensions, one would be able to determine a nation’s culture and act accordingly to the results.
On the outset, this approach seems relatively
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