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Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions and Manager Behavior

How do Hofstede's cultural dimensions relate to actual business leader/manager behaviors?

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Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions: Their Manifestations in Actual Business Leader/Manager Behaviors

As a result of the increasing globalization of business and trade, cultural differences between and among players whether they be organizations or individuals are becoming more and more the norm (Yooyanyong & Muek=john, 2010, p. 162). Hence, managers, especially those working for multinational companies, need to learn how to manage effectively and efficiently in spite of these differences. Fortunately, Geerf Hofstede made this easier with his cultural dimension theory.

Hofstede's cultural dimension initially has four cultural dimensions namely 1) low versus high power distance, 2) individualism versus collectivism, 3) masculinity versus femininity, and 4) low versus high uncertainty avoidance. A fifth dimension, long versus short term orientation, was eventually added by Michael Harris Bond and colleagues.

Interestingly, three decades after Geerf Hofstede (1980) formulated his cultural dimensions; these dimensions and their impacts on business leaders and managers behaviors today are are true as it was before. For example, it is observed that Thailand's "national culture exhibits a high level of power ...

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This solution discusses Hofsteade's cultural dimensions and its relationship to business leadership and manager behaviors.