The Fourth Dimension Of Hofstede 's Paradigm

1587 WordsNov 23, 20157 Pages
Uncertainty Avoidance Index The fourth dimension of Hofstede’s paradigm understands how society deals with the unknown. If a country has a low uncertainty avoidance they believe that whatever will happen will happen. Low avoidance indicates that they do not have much control or want to have much control on the future. In comparison a high uncertainty avoidance indicates that a country is structured in a way to try as best as possible to be in control of the future. For instance, a high avoidance society has made advanced plans to take into account resources needed in a natural disaster. Spain scored an 86 for high uncertainty avoidance index. This means they have a set structure on dealing with unplanned events. Belanche Gracia et al (2015) stated, “More pragmatic cultures (like Spain) tend to be more prepared for the future and value the present more than the past” (p.281). This clearly reiterates the implications that Spain has a high uncertainty avoidance and likes to keep society under control and less stressful. Hofstede mentioned that, “In a very recent survey 75% of Spanish young people wanted to work in civil service (i.e. a job for life,) whereas in the USA only 17% of young people would like it” (The Hofstede Center). This study proves that the Spanish are concerned with maintaining employment and being able to provide for themselves. Furthermore, this echoes the results from the first dimension about power distance index. Spain was ranked higher than the
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