Hofstede's Model Of Culture In The Workplace

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Professor Geert Hofstede conducted a research on of how values in the workplace are influenced by culture. From his studied, we can see that culture has an effect on people not only in the workplace but also in their social life. Hofstede developed the model of national culture which consists of six dimensions. The six dimensions are Power distance, Identity, Gender, Uncertainty, Virtue and Happiness. In this paper, I will show the similarity and difference between my discussion partner and I based on Hofstede’s Theory. Each culture has different level of the Power distance. Power distance is referred to degree of an inequality among people in the community. The less powerful members of a society accept and expect that power is distributed…show more content…
Some people like to aim for the best, but some people just want to be happy. Hofstede identified culture as Gender. In a culture where people always seek for an opportunity and aim for bigger and better goal, they tend to be very competitive and like to win. This culture Hofstede defined as Masculine. People who have very high masculine character are very assertive and confidence. They value material success and action oriented. They also believe that to solve the problem they have to fight in order to win. If they lose or they fail to achieve their task then they will blame themselves and they will see it as a disaster. On the contrary, a society, where people concern about harmony and happiness, is called Feminine. Feminine people are concern and care about others especially the weak ones. This personality is a mother like personality. They try to make others happy and care about other a lot. The aim of their life is not all about material success rather be a balanced lifestyle. They do not always aims for the highest position. If the current position is already satisfied with their need and they are happy then they likely to stay in that position rather than go for higher position. They believe that winning is not the way to solve problem. Conflict can be solved by negotiation and compromise in order to create a win-win situation. I am more feminine than masculine. I consider myself to be 70% Feminine and 30% Masculine. I care about other people as well as animal. I tend to be very emotional when I see news or read an article about animals tortured or animal tested. I feel like animals cannot take care of itself. They cannot communicate their pain and it is very cruel to torture weaker species. Moreover, I am not interested in challenges. I perceive challenge as the opportunity yet it is not important for me if I already happy with my current skill. Ismet and I also discussed the career promotion. Suppose that we are in

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