CROSS CULTURE MANAGEMENT ASN 4 5
Both Canada and Australia have a national culture based onegalitarianism. This is apparent through the absence of obvious classdifferentiations in community. Hierarchy in Australia and Canada inorganizations is meant for convenience, managers depend on workersand groups for their skill (The Hofstede Centre, 2015). Thus,it is normal for superiors and their employees to consult each otheras well as share information without any restrictions. Both nationsare individualistic, meaning civilians look after themselves andimmediate family alone. Another area of similarity is that bothnations accept uncertainty, as they accept novel ideas, and arewilling to try new things, be it technology, products or businessactions. Australia depicts more masculinity when compared to Canada.Canada is somewhat masculine, because the general culture issuppressed with regard to attainment and success when compared toAustralia. Australia appears to be heavily driven by competition,achieving and succeeding.
Canada and Burkina Faso’s national cultures differ. The powerdistance in Canada is not hierarchical as compared to that of BurkinaFaso. While there are apparent class differences in Burkina Faso’sculture, Canadians lack obvious class differentiations. BurkinaFaso’s culture comprises of a society where managers are in chargeof their employees. The managers make the decisions, whichsubordinates have to adhere to, while in Canada both managers andsubordinates consult each other (The Hofstede Centre, 2015).While Canada is individualistic, Burkina Faso is a collectivesociety. A collective society is one where individuals are members ofin groups. This means that children depend on aunties and uncles ormembers of the extended family. This differs from Canada wherecivilians look after themselves. Children only depend on theirparents, and close ties with the extended family in terms ofdependence are minimal. The similarity between both nations is onmasculinity. Both societies are driven by achieving, succeeding andcompeting. There is an endeavor to attain great performancestandards.
The national culture of South Korea and Canada are different. SouthKorea is hierarchical because civilians consent to a hierarchicalorder, where every individual has their place within society. This isreflected through apparent inequalities, widespread popularization,employees depend on their employers to be informed on actions totake. Contrary, Canada has no inherent power differences. South Koreahas a collective culture. There are apparent close as well as lastingcommitments to in-group members (The Hofstede Centre, 2015).Loyalty is a major trait in a collective community as societynurtures strong associations where all members are accountable forthe conduct of their group members. South Korea is one on the mainuncertainty avoiding nations globally. The nation maintains a rigidcode of conduct and does not tolerate unorthodox conduct andconcepts. In addition, South Koreans have an emotional requirementfor rules, which differs from the lack of avoidance uncertainty inCanada.
Canada and Brazil share similarities and disparities in theirnational cultures. One of the similarities is that both nations aremoderately masculine and feminine. Although the societies are drivenby competing, they also demonstrate a culture of caring for others(The Hofstede Centre, 2015). Power distance, uncertaintyavoidance and individualism differentiate the countries. Brazil ishierarchical while Canada is not. There is an apparent powerdistribution difference between Brazil, which is not possible tonotice in Canada. Brazil does not have an individualistic society,rather is collective. The civilians are incorporated in strong,cohesive arrangements, which progress to safeguard members in returnfor loyalty. It is a relevant factor in the working environment,where the older and wealthier family members are supposed to assistthe less fortunate. Brazil’s culture demonstrates a greatdependence for rules as well as apparent legal structures, whichdiffers from Canada’s willingness to accept change. Brazilians aremore demonstrative individuals than Canadians are which means theyeasily show their emotions.
Malaysia has a very high power distance, implying that civiliansaccept hierarchical command. Individuals have their place withinsociety requiring no justification. This is reflected through classdisparities, centralization, and a work society where workers dependon command from their bosses (The Hofstede Centre, 2015).Contrary, Canada has minimal power distance, due to widespreadequality in power distribution. Malaysia is a collective societywhereas Canada is individualistic. Malaysians rely heavily onextended relationships, and family members take care of each other’sneeds, regardless of aunties or uncles. Despite the disparities, itis apparent that the nations share the same national culture inregards to masculinity. The societies are characterized bycompetition and achieving, while at the same time they demonstratesome level of feminine culture.
The assignment informs on the different national cultures ofnations. It also acts as a basis for comparing how national culturesdiffer as well as resemble each other in their culture. For instance,it is possible to note the countries that share the same nationalculture with Canada and those that differ. In addition, theassignment results in an improved understanding on how differentnations conduct their activities, in terms of loyalty, authority inplaces of employment and dealing with an uncertain future.
The Hofstede Centre. (2015). Strategy, Culture, and Change.Retrieved from http://www.geert- hofstede.com