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
From all of Professor Geert Hofstede’s dimensions I find this the most difficult one to explain in a Cultural Awareness Training.
Reason being is that most people seem to associate Uncertainty Avoidance with only formal rules and nothing else.
High and Low Uncertainty Avoidance
My experience is that Western Europeans and North Americans view mediterranean countries as quite relaxed and therefore low scoring on this dimension. Whilst the opposite is true. Italy Greece and Spain all score relatively high. Read More
One of the easiest dimensions to understand in Cultural Awareness Training from Professor Geert Hofstede’s 4 dimensions of culture is Power Distance. Sometimes attributed to as much as 80% of all the “difficulties” people experience when working internationally.
In this short video professor Hofstede explains the essentials of one of his dimensions called Power Distance.