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    Cultural Dimension Theory

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    Your manager informs you that you have been promoted to a new position at one of the U.S. firm's foreign branches. She cautions you that based on some bad experiences she has had when she worked overseas, a heightened awareness and sensitivity to different cultural norms is required to be successful when you move to and work in one of these countries. She suggested that you gain some valuable insights by studying the cultural dimensions theory, which is an excellent model to explain how different cultural norms could affect the workplace.

    After researching the cultural dimensions theory, complete the following tasks:

    Go to http://www.geert-hofstede.com and identify how values in the United States compare to the world average in the following 3 categories (To do this, click on country from the menu on the left side of the screen, and observe the charts in the middle of the screen):
    Power distance
    Long-term orientation
    Explain exactly how your actions as a manager might reflect these index scores versus the world average index scores.

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    United States' cultural indicators against world average:

    Geert Hofstede (2009) provides that individualism is the degree to which people in a certain society are integrated into groups. The United States has individualism dimension rating at 91% and this is the highest rating in world. The world average for this culture dimension is 43%. United States' individualism indicates that the culture within the country is characterized by loose bonds between people in the society and the culture in the country is high in individualist attitude. The difference between United States individualism value and the world's average is 48% and ...

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    This solution provides a detailed discussion of the given cultural dimension of an organization.