Argentina and Venezuela

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Running head: Week 2 writing assignment | Week 2 Writing Assignment | Argentina and Venezuela | BUS 600 – Dr. James Worsley | Eileen Stafford | 2/17/2014 |


Hofstede’s five cultural dimensions is a theoretical framework proposed to describe and explain cross cultural communication. It was put forward by Geert Hofstede and majorly describes the impact of a particular society's culture on its member’s values. By means of a structure resulting from factor analysis, the theory also seeks to explain the way in which these values relate to behavior. Hofstede categorizes cultures into four fundamental groupings (Baack 2012). These groups are individualism, uncertainty avoidance, masculinity and power distance. He gives a number on a scale of 1 and 100 for diverse cultures for each group depending on how their culture compares to the description. By examining how a country compares with each section we can better comprehend how a culture goes about their business as well as their daily lives.
1. Power distance
Power distance in Hofstede’s framework refers to the degree to which the less powerful constituents of organizations and institutions in any country anticipate and recognize that power is not equally distributed. IN Venezuela’s case, the framework ranks the country at 75. This is a high PDI ranking and it shows that majorities of the people agrees and are resigned to the fact that inequality is a way of life. This acceptance in Venezuela transcends to all parts of society. Argentina on the other hand has a ranking of 41 which is a much lower PDI ranking. This is the case because in Argentina, the majority of the population from the time of the turn of the last century (around 1900), is made up of non-indigenous people.

2. Individualism
This refers to the level of interdependence that exists between the…...

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