2.0 Communication Styles & Cultural Dimensions

2.1 Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions – Maps of the World

Cultural Dimensions

heading iconHofstede’s Cultural Dimensions

Hofstede's cultural dimensions on a scale from zero to one hundred. Low Power Distance to High Power Distance Collectivistic to Individualistic Feminine to Masculine Low Uncertainty Avoidance to High Uncertainty Avoidance Short term orientation to Long term orientation Restraint to Indulgence

This section is for your information only if you would like to know more about Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions

Hofstede’s cultural dimensions have two extreme poles that can be numbered with the values 0 and 100. The following dimension maps are based on this cultural dimension model. Each dimension has been derived by comparing many, but not all, countries in the world.

The findings are summarized into six world maps of the distribution of that dimension. Of course, in reality, there can be quite a bit of within-country variation; these maps should be seen as rough ‘climate maps’ of culture.[1]

For each dimension, we have included a brief ten-minute video in which Geert Hofstede explains that dimension. We have already covered the dimensions in lectures earlier. These videos are for your reference. You will see a visual of the corresponding map overlaid on the video. You can click on the map to see a larger version.

Power Distance

Collectivism – Individualism

Femininity – Masculinity

Uncertainty Avoidance

Long-term Orientation

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  1. Source: Geerthofstede: 6d-model-of-national-culture


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