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Important information about cultural differences.

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):
- Individuality
- 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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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):

1. Individuality
Values in the USA are 91 where as the world average is 43. The explanation is that US has a society with a more individualistic attitude and loose bonds with others.

2. Power distance
Values in the USA are a power distance of 40, whereas the world average is 55. This means greater equality among societal levels.

3. Long-term orientation
Values in the USA are 29 compared to the world average of 45. This shows that the societies' belief in meeting its obligation and reflects an appreciation for cultural traditions.

4. Explain exactly how your actions as a manager might reflect these index scores versus the world ...

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