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
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.
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
Imagine this setting: A small company consisting of about 8 people. They busy themselves with interim services (finding and placing candidates within companies). All this in the country Belgium. Most of them work remote. There is not really one office, and most communication is done by phone and/or e-mail.
Seems pretty efficient doesn’t it? That’s what I thought too, until I got this story from one of the people working there. Read More