45. Culture, Management and Differences in Culture – Geert Hofstede


Learning outcome

After reading about the six dimensions of the National Culture developed by Geert Hofstede, you will be aware of how values in the workplace are influenced by culture.


Start reading on: https://geert-hofstede.com/national-culture.html


One of the famous authors in this field is Geert Hofstede, a Dutch scientist who worked out in a well-known framework how to describe the culture of a country and how in this way it becomes possible to describe differences in culture.  In his research, started in the 20th century in the sixties he build up an impressive database of all kind of countries all over the world and later on he updated this data base several times, later on with a team of researchers and consultancy activities.  On the worldwide web it is easy to find this (see below) but have a look your self at to find out what is written about him and his team and what he and his team has published.

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Question 11 pts

About the research Together with which researchers did Hofstede extensive research regarding the dimensions of national culture?

Question 21 pts

When did Hofstede conduct research?

Question 31 pts

On the dimensions Hofstede started his work with developing four dimensions and later on he added two more. Which dimensions did he add?

Question 41 pts

Which dimension of national culture has the highest country scores?

Question 51 pts

The __________ dimension expresses the degree to which the less powerful members of a society accept and expect that power is distributed unequally.

Question 61 pts

Which statements are true: 1. In societies with low Power Distance, people strive to equalize the distribution of power and demand justification for inequalities of power. 2. Individualism, can be defined as a preference for a clear and exact social framework in which individuals are expected to take care of everyone in their community

Question 71 pts

The __________ dimension expresses the degree to which the members of a society feel uncomfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity.

Question 81 pts

Societies who encourage thrift and efforts in modern education as a way to prepare for the future are...

Question 91 pts

__________ stands for a society that suppresses gratification of needs and regulates it by means of strict social norms.

Question 101 pts

On the use of the dimensions The dimensions of Hofstede are helpful in describing differences in cultural and according to the work of Hofstede and his team: 1. The dimensions are tailor made for local situations 2. The dimensions are only applicable to developed countries 3. The dimensions will change in “Humanitarian Action settings” Which statements are true?

Question 111 pts

On cultural differences Hofstede and his team are working on describing differences between countries and also on differences in organizations between the existing and desired situation: 1. For the differences on the level of organizations the team is working on what the meaning of differences can imply for management 2. For the differences on the level of Countries there are no theoretical expectations developed and no possible implications for managers Which of the statement(s) is/are correct?

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