Hr Issues Handled by Japanese Organizations Based on Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions

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HR Issues Handled By Japanese Organizations Based On Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions

There are several different challenges for Human Resource Management teams in organizations throughout the world. The HR strategies of these various organizations are very dependent on the culture of the country in which the organization resides. Hofstede’s theory of cultural dimensions is a great way to distinguish between the traditional HR aspects of organizations in different parts of the world. Although both the United States and Japan have very successful companies, there are differences in the way these organizations handle HR issues.
Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions takes into account different policies and procedures regarding Human Resource
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Both societies have a wide range of distribution of power between the lower and higher ranking officials within an organization. The two countries are so close in the power distance ranking that I do not believe that the HR policies in each would be significantly different.
Japan scores much higher that the United States in the Uncertainty Avoidance category. Japanese businesses are in favor of predicting and controlling future events in order to avoid the uncertain (Ivancevich, 2010). This is quite different from the U.S. which scores relatively low in the category. U.S. organizations tend to take more risks and plan activities on a day to day basis. When planning to hire employees in the U.S., HR would most likely look for candidates who are more aggressive and self-motivated. However, Japanese organizations might look for more of an organized and conservative person to fill the role. Predictability is key since the Japanese prefer to plan and organize situations so that there are no surprises.
Masculinity is also very high in Japan. Masculine societies tend to have men who hold assertive and competitive qualities (Hofstede, 2011). This includes strict roles between males and females. Males in Japan are expected to work and support the family, while women are responsible for taking care of the household (Bestore and Hardacre, 2004, para.56). This makes it very difficult for females to work outside the house. This is quite the
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