Hofstede Essay

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Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions The Hofstede model describes the five main dimensions between Australia and France namely: * Power Distance: the extent to which unequal distribution of power is accepted among institutions. * Australia has a low power distance culture that is; it expects less centralisation and flatter organizational structures. Subordinates expect involvement and participation in decision-making (Geert Hofstede 2011). * France has a medium power distance culture that is; it is in between high and lower power distance (Geert Hofstede 2011). * Uncertainty Avoidance: the extent to which security, order and control are preferred. * Australia has a medium uncertainty avoidance that is; it is in between high and low uncertainty avoidance (Geert Hofstede Cultural Dimension 2011). * France has a high uncertainty avoidance that is; the extent to which security, order and control are preferred to ambiguity, uncertainty and change (Geert Hofstede Cultural Dimension 2011). * Individualism: the extent to which people prefer to live and work in individualist (focusing on the “I” identity) or collectivist (focusing on the “we” identity) ways. * Australia has a high individualism culture which emphasizes autonomy and individual choice and responsibility. They prize individual initiative. The organization is impersonal and tends to defend business interests: task achievement is more important than relationships. Management is seen in an individual context (Timothy et al.2011). * France also has a high individualism culture which emphasizes autonomy and individual choice and responsibility (Timothy et al.2011).. They prize individual initiative. The organization is impersonal and tends to defend business interests: task achievement is more important than relationships. Management is seen in an individual context.

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