Use of Hofstede's Five Dimensional Model to Analyze Indian Culture

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The purpose of this paper is to do a personal assessment of Indian culture. I will also be explaining Hofstede's five dimensional model, will use it to analyze the Indian culture and talk about the five dimensional model from my own observations. Hofstede has identified five different cultural dimensions. These dimensions include power-distance, individualism/collectivism, masculinity/femininity, uncertainty avoidance and lastly long term orientation. According to Hofstede, power distance is the first dimension which translates to how all individuals in a society aren't equal and there is a decent amount of inequality when it comes to the division of power. The second dimension involves the theme of individualism which translates to the…show more content…
At this point, I will use Hofstede's five cultural dimensions to analyze the Indian culture. I will start with the power distance dimension. Within this dimension, Hofstede states India receives a high score of 77 which illustrates a heightened sense of appreciation for hierarchal relationship structures. Communication tends to be more top-down and directive. Additionally, he states negative feedback is often not shared with senior management. The second dimension states that India happens to be a collectivist country as it receives a score of 48 according to Hofstede as people tend to belong to a large network and are expected to act and promote goodness with their society. Additionally, Hofstede states hiring and promotion are often based on relationships which are quite essential in a collectivist society. The third dimension involves the masculinity/ femininity dimension. According to Hofstede, India happens to be a masculine society as it receives a score of 56. This is because of the display of success and power as brand labels are prominently displayed. The fourth dimension involves uncertainty avoidance. According to Hofstede, India scores a 40 which is more towards a medium to low preference as Indians tend to accept imperfection and tolerance for the unexpected is high. The fifth dimension involves being long-term oriented. According to Hofstede, India scores a 61 which

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