Considering two cultures of the Americans in the U.S and Arabs in the United States
1. After reading Hofstede’s dimensions of cultural differences in Chapter 2 (pages 40-44) and looking up and reviewing near the bottom of Geert Hofstede’s web page (http://www.geert-hofstede.com/), describe a significant difference between cultures that you have witnessed. Use the Geert Hofstede comparison tool (at the link below) to compare the two cultures in your example and describe the relative merits of the different approaches in an organizational situation.
2. Compare and contrast two cultures using information contained at http://www.geert-hofstede.com/hofstede_dimensions.php (If the Hofstede website is not working, please do your best with the summary information in the book, or other sources you may find).
3. Use Saint Leo University’s core value of integrity as the foundation to form an opinion concerning whether the developing global economy will cause ethics and social responsibility to become more similar or more distinct across cultures? Be certain to explain why and how and provide examples.
You must also include a Reference section at the end of the DQ response listing a minimum of one source which will always include the textbook. A more thorough analysis of the DQ will include one or more sources in the Reference section. In summary, the initial DQ response must include at least three (3) citations with one being a direct quote and include a Reference section with at least one source (textbook).
Considering two cultures of the Americans in the U.S and Arabs in the United States, there is a significant difference between the cultures. The dimension of the culture helps in understanding the differences between the two cultures through assigning scores to the different cultures. The American culture is characterized by reduced masculinity, a moderate level of individualism, reduced power distance and the long-term orientation (Steenkamp & Geyskens, 2012). In contrast, the characteristics of the UAE culture include low power distance, high levels of masculinity, reduced individualism, and low levels of long-term orientation. This identifies some of the main differences and understanding of the different dimensions of the cultures.
In terms of the Hofstede dimensions, there are exists various similarities and differences between the two cultures. For instance, both nation cultures have a middle uncertainty avoidance index, which implies that “the citizens do not feel very comfortable due to societal uncertainty and ambiguity. The differences includes that the U.S culture is more democratic compared to the UAE culture, which involves higher levels of masculinity (Moran, Abramson & Moran, 2014). In UAE, there is a large power distance index, as the people do not have power over the distribution of power within the economy.
Based on the core value of integrity of Saint Leo University, it is clear that the developing global economy would lead to ethics and social responsibility, which leads to the cultures becoming more similar. The development of global economy focuses on the integration of the different cultures and economies into a single global trade pattern. This has a significant impact on bringing the distinct cutlers together (Steenkamp & Geyskens, 2012). For example, the U.S would have different approaches of supplying its products and thus, the integration with the UAE’s supply chain would allow the two nations to work together. As a result, the concepts of ethics and social responsibility are appropriate in bringing the different cultures together.
Steenkamp, J. B. E., & Geyskens, I. (2012). Transaction cost economics and the roles of national culture: a test of hypotheses based on Inglehart and Hofstede. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 40(2), 252-270.
Hofstede, G. J., Jonker, C. M., & Verwaart, T. (2012). Cultural differentiation of negotiating agents. Group Decision and Negotiation, 21(1), 79-98.
Moran, R. T., Abramson, N. R., & Moran, S. V. (2014). Managing cultural differences. London, UK: Routledge.