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5 Dimensions Essay

535 words - 3 pages

Doing business in China.

I would like to start with the term paper saying that I thought I knew a lot of things about China, but I was wrong. You have to come to the country to understand China, his culture and the way Chinese people have of doing business. Thanks to the International Master in Business Administration I have a better understanding of China. In this term paper I will try to show all the important things I have learned and I have seen during my stay.

Because each country and each society are different I’m going to start exploring the Chinese culture through the lens of the 5 Dimension Model to get a perfect overview of China. The 5 Dimension Model was developed by Geert Hofstede and it explains power distance, individualism, masculinity / ...view middle of the document...

From what I have learned and what I have observed from my experience in China and in Spain, I totally agree with Hofstede. If we take a fast overview of China´s situation in politics, we can observe that there is

Individualism: “The degree of interdependence a society maintains among its members. It has to do with whether people´s self-image is defined in terms of “I” or “We”.
In Individualist societies people are supposed to look after themselves and their direct family only. In Collectivist societies people belong to ‘in groups’ that take care of them in exchange for loyalty.”

Masculinity / Femininity:
”A high score (masculine) on this dimension indicates that the society will be driven by competition, achievement and success, with success being defined by the winner / best in field – a value system that starts in school and continues throughout organisational behaviour.
A low score (feminine) on the dimension means that the dominant values in society are caring for others and quality of life. A feminine society is one where quality of life is the sign of success and standing out from the crowd is not admirable. The fundamental issue here is what motivates people, wanting to be the best (masculine) or liking what you do (feminine).”

Uncertainty avoidance: “
The dimension Uncertainty Avoidance has to do with the way that a society deals with the fact that the future can never be known: should we try to control the future or just let it happen? This ambiguity brings with it anxiety and different cultures have learnt to deal with this anxiety in different ways.  The extent to which the members of a culture feel threatened by ambiguous or unknown situations and have created beliefs and institutions that try to avoid these is reflected in the UAI score.”

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