Hofstede's Four Cultural Differences

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1. Using Hofstede’s four cultural dimensions as a point of reference, what are some of the main cultural differences between the United States and France?
When referencing Hofstede’s four cultural dimensions it is apparent that the United States and France have different perceptions of one another. The United States views the French as arrogant, flamboyant, hierarchical, and emotional. Whereas, France views the United States as naive, aggressive, unprincipled, and it’s people being workaholics. (Doh and Luthans, 2015)
The first main cultural difference would be power distance. The power distance dimension indicates “the point at which the less powerful members of organizations and institutions accept and expect that power is distributed …show more content…

The French would rather have well-structured management with rules and regulations in place rather than take risks that may not have a positive outcome. Whereas, Americans are the complete opposite, meaning that they are more willing to take risks and are less traditional when it comes to rules and regulations.
The third cultural difference is masculinity. Masculinity is defined by Hofstede as “a trait, which emphasizes ambition, acquisition of wealth and differentiated gender roles.” (Tidwell, n.d) A society that is focused on money and success is said to be high in masculinity. The United States is an example of an area that is high in this dimension. For example, when the Disney company decided on opening a park in France they didn’t even take into consideration how the French would react or what type of impact this could have on the their culture. Being that they have the masculine characteristics they were more concerned about wanting to prevail on others.
The fourth cultural difference is individualism. According to Hofstede individualism is defined as “the tendency of the people to mainly look after themselves and their immediate family.“ (ClearlyCultural, n.d) In the United States and France individualism is pretty high. However, individualism is slightly higher in the United States being that they are more likely to

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