Hofstede Model Essay

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Moving from a country to another represents for the majority of people a serious challenge while it is for some people as easy as changing a pair of pants. Nevertheless, whether you feel comfortable or not with changing the country, every person faces the same challenges and difficulties. The difference remains in how people do cope with it and how easily they do it. Those challenges are embodied in cultural clashes. Indeed, people are used to different customs and traditions and they differ from a country to another and this also reflects in the ways of doing business. In fact, laws, regulations and standards (whether social or professional) are based on the said country’s culture. In order to assess the cultural differences between different countries, we recourse to two frameworks: the Hofstede model and the 7-D model. In this report, we are going to present the challenges faced in three different countries: Argentina, the United Kingdom and Morocco. Hofstede model: Hofstede model, as described by Cullen and Parboteeah, is a model mainly based on differences in values and beliefs regarding world and has become a ‘standard’ to assess cultural differences (Cullen, 2014). This model uses five dimensions to describe national culture: power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism, masculinity and long-term orientation (pragmatism). The figure below shows an application of the Hofstede model on Morocco, United Kingdom and Argentina. Figure 1: Hofstede Cultural dimensions comparison between Morocco, Argentina and the UK (Hofstede Center) As we can see above, Morocco scored (70) more than the UK (35) and Argentina (49). This means that in people in Morocco tend to accept inequalities between social classes in terms of power. In order words, do not care about whether power is distributed equally and it is normal that you find power concentrated in the

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