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Exploring different dimensions of national culture

Now we have examined the six dimensions, it’s time to apply what you have learned and evaluate your home country’s national culture.

This diagram shows that each cultural dimension exists as a scale, with a score representing how strongly a culture fits towards either end of the dimension. For example, low power distance is on one end while high power distance is at the other

Scale of cultural dimensions.

Your task

Use the six dimensions to analyse your home country or one that you are familiar with.

To present your analysis:

  • Create a two-column table, similar to the example below.

  • For each dimension, specify where your country sits on the scale – for example, (-3) Low power distance; or (4) High power distance.

  • Use the second column to explain your reasons for each score.

Once you have completed your table, save it in a space you can link to, such as Google Docs or OneDrive. Make sure that you have set the privacy setting for your document to ‘public’ so that your fellow learners can view it.

Share a link to your table in the comments below. Take a look through those created by your fellow learners. Do you agree with their scoring? Share your thoughts.

Example:

Dimension and score Reason for score
Low power distance (-3) Employees and managers feel limited barriers to communicate, and fewer hierarchy concerns in organisations.
Strong uncertainty avoidance (2) Some organisations in the UK always design clear, long-term strategies.
Individualism (-1) Employees have their own initiatives to work.
Femininity (1) Women’s efforts are valued, equal to men.
Long-term orientation (3) Organisations prefer to maintain long-held traditions and predict potential challenges.
Indulgence (2) Employees are free to express their ideas and are more willing to have personal control over their jobs.

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Business Management: National and Organisational Cultures

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