Mgt 400 Case

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Materials needed for preparation:
Lectures (slides): 1 – What is culture; 2 – Conceptual culture models; 3 – Culture shock and expatriate adjustment; 4 – Motivation; 5 – Decision making; 6 – Ethics.
Textbook: Chapter 2 (Culture & International Management), 7 (Motivation), 9 (Decision Making)
Cases: (1) Foundering Expatriate; (2) Black & Decker
Readings: “The silent language in overseas business”; “Right ways to manage expats”; “Value in tension: Ethics away from home”
What is Culture? 1. What is the definition of culture?
Acquired knowledge people use to interpret experience and actions. This knowledge then influence values ,attitude and behavior

2. What are the three levels of
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What are the four major culture dimensions identified in Hofstede’s psychological framework of culture? How does each of them explain certain types of culture differences?
Power distance Accept unequal distribution of power, submit to authority, maintain distance between people, no egalitarian decision making
Do employees always value being “empowered”?
Individualism - Collectivism
Associate with a group or independent of a group
Uncertainty avoidance Cope with ambiguous or unknown situations
Doing business based on contracts or personal connections
Masculinity -Femininity
The dominant role of genders (career success, recognition, assertiveness vs. nurturing, caring, quality of life)

13. What is the fifth dimension, Confucian dynamism, identified in Hofstede’s framework?
Is also known as long-term orientation
Identifies if the culture of a region builds on Confucian teachings
It emphasizes thrift, perseverance, a sense of shame, and following a hierarchy

14. What is the universalism – particularism dimension in the expansive framework?
Universalistic: people believe that absolute values such as goodness or truth are applicable to all situations
Particularistic: each
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