But why is this? How do different cultures deal with rules and regulations in general? Is it true that Germans always stick to the rules? And that Americans only look at the legal implications for sticking to the rules (short answer: Yes!), and why does it seem that Italians have a much more laissez-faire approach to rules and regulations. Read More
Most people I meet during a Cultural Awareness Training work in some sort of International Project Management way.
International Project Management also seems to be expanding since more and more organisations move (parts of) their business outside their own country.
Very often this off-shoring (leading to international project management) makes financial sense. And a decision like that is then easily taken. But the reality teaches us that it is not all that easy.
Different Cultures have different ways of working when it comes to international project management. I have had the opportunity to work with a big International Bank that outsourced a big chunk of their IT to India. Again, financially that made good sense, however the people working on the projects were less happy. One quote I can remember from someone was “I get what I ask for, but I don’t get what I want”. Read More
Since this is (or at least I think it is) one of the most difficult dimensions of Professor Geert Hofstede to explain, it makes sense to give some extra context and examples of Uncertainty Avoidance.
Correlations with Uncertainty Avoidance
I found that to best understand Uncertainty Avoidance it works to link real life examples (or phenomenon) to this dimensions in terms of correlations.
Below you see an image with an incomplete (!) list of correlations with Uncertainty Avoidance. I’ll explain them below the image. So in a culture that scores high on Uncertainty Avoidance people will do/show/consume/etc. more of the points mentioned below. Read More
The examples of Masculinity are obviously vast. So I’m limiting them to the few that, in my experience, actually matter when doing business (or working together).
Examples of Masculinity and Femininity: Most common issues
First let’s list the most common issues when Masculine and Feminine cultures work together (maybe I’m overstating this, but there is nothing better about either Masculine cultures nor Feminine culture. They’re just different!).
- Goal setting versus Growing insight
- Role Overlap Read More
In other words, in countries that score high on Power Distance people, whom are older (and greyer) get (and deserve) more respect than the young one’s.
I was sitting on the couch a couple of years ago, when the world championship football was being played in Germany.
My in-laws from India were over in the Netherlands for a couple of weeks! Since my father in-law (age 68 then) is a great football fan he was very eager to watch the games being played. As he did. Read More
Checking the online encyclopedia Wikipedia does not give an answer (the page does not exist!). Still in Cultural Awareness Training, it is a real important issue. How do you manage internationally and/or how do you manage expectations of other people when working Internationally? Read More
During our Cultural Awareness Training, we focus on Where Culture Is.
In other words can we isolate culture and distinguish it from Personality and what is Common to All Men Kind? The answer is yes. Culture has a place amongst the other two (Personality and What is Common to All Men Kind).
To make it a bit clearer, let’s put it in a picture (see below): Read More