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Five Dimensions of Cultural Differences

The case study questions were:
What are the five dimensions of cultural differences?
Which of these differences has the largest effect on employee behavior? Why?
How can you develop training that motivates learning and incorporates the different learning styles of the trainees?

This solution provides an explanation of each dimension: power distrance index, uncertainty avoidance, individualism and collectivism, masculinity/femininity and long term versus short term orientation. Examples are provided for how each dimension can impact how well a training message is received. There are also tips provided in how to develop training, considering how attendees are impacted by these dimensions.

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The five dimensions are as defined by Geert Hofstede (see reference below):

-Power Distance Index (PDI) - Reflects attitudes toward hierarchy, much a culture values and respect authority. In other words, how much does a person or group expect and accept unequal distribution of power.
-Uncertainty Avoidance - Relates the ability for a culture to deal with and accept unstructured situations.
-Individualism/Collectivism - Degree individuals are supposed to look after themselves or remain in the group.
-Masculinity/Femininity - The emotional ...

Solution Summary

There are five dimensions to cultural differences; with varying degrees of impact to employee behavior. These dimensions impact how training should be developed as employees will have different learning styles. The solution is over 300 words and includes a reference. Each dimension is thoroughly explained, along with how it should be factored into training.