Oh My Geert

Power Distance

According to Geert Hifstede the definition of power distance is when “the extent to which the less powerful members of institutions and organizations within a country expect and accept that power is distributed unequally.” This basically means that people like a teacher for example, understand that a Principle has more power but the teachers are ok with it. Spain’s power distance is at 57 which means the population is ok with power being distributed unequally. Compared to the United States which has a power distance of 40 it is only 17 points higher, which is still average but the United States believe in power distance a little bit less then Spain. Communication will not have to drastically be changed in any certain way but you may want the leaders of your group to be a little more accepting and responsive to the group. One specific way I would change my communication would be by talking to a manager or leader as if he were more of just another group member.

Individualism

According to Geert Hifstede the definition of individualism is when “the degree of interdependence a society maintains among its members.” This basically means that people within a society maintain tasks within each other or there society. Spain’s individualism is 51 which means the population has an average outlook on individualism. Compared to the United States which has an individualism of 91 it is 40 points lower, which is a drastic difference between the two countries. Communication will have to be looked at because of the major difference in individualism between these two countries, a way to work together would be to have American’s work together more. Being accepting of other people helping me would help me fit in much more.  One way I would fix my communication would be to offer help to other families or inviting people over to dinner weekly.

Masculinity / Femininity

According to Geert Hifstede masculinity means “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 organizational behavior.” This basically means that the higher the score, the more masculinity the country has. But femininity 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.” Spain’s masculinity/femininity is ranked at a 42, which means Spain is more of a femininity country. The United States has a score of 62 which means it is more of a masculinity country. Adapting to a predominantly femininity country would be hard and confusing, but trying to understand there values like caring about quality of life, and not being singled out would help you greatly.  One way I would fix my communication is that I would not assume of the chores a male would usually do in the United States such as mowing the lawn.

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Spain’s Culture

Spain is located in Southwestern Europe and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, and the Pyrenees Mountains that are just southwest of France. Total area of Spain is 505,370 sq kilometers. To put that statistic into perspective it is twice the size of the state of Oregon. Temperature there is similar to weather here in Murray, KY, warm summer and cold winter with overcast in the spring and fall seasons. Current environmental issues are sewage, oil, and pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.

                The primary language in Spain is Spanish, which 74% of the population speaks. Other languages include Catalan, Galician, and Basque. The dominant religion in Spain is Roman Catholic at a whopping 94%. The population of Spain is 47,370,542 as of July 2013, which is the 28 largest population in the world. The dominant age group is 25-54, which is at 46.5% of the people. The birth rate is 10.4/1,000 population. The death  rate is 8.88/1,000 population.

                Major cities in Spain are Madrid with 5.762 million people, Barcelona with 5.029 million people, and Valencia with 812,000 people. Soccer in Europe is known as futbol, and is by far the most popular sport in Europe. Specifically in Spain futbol is extremely popular thanks to two of the best teams in the world Real Madrid, and Barcelona.

                Spain has a parliamentary monarchy type government. The capitol of Spain is Madrid, which is the biggest city in Spain. The parliamentary monarchy government has an Executive branch, Legislative branch, and a Judicial Branch. 

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My Worldview – Blog 1

Everybody has a world view, and many do not even realize that they do. Worldviews can vary between each and every person, not matter the age or race. Each culture is unique whether it’s the way you dress, what you eat, or even how often you bath. Worldview is the way we view day to day life on Earth and how we live it. Your word view was being created the day you were born, and continues to be influenced by your surroundings. Religion in my life has taken a huge part of my world view, the reason behind this is because when I was younger I used to attend church each and every weekend with my parents. My mother is Baptist, and my dad is Catholic so there was never a barrier in between my parents when it came to religion. We attended Church of Christ as a family. Being an evolutionist, an atheist, or even a naturalist means that you have a secular world view. A secular world view is when you are not specifically religious.  I personally do not believe that I have a secular view on the world, but I do think other people do. When it comes to school, religion practices, or even the News there are secular views pushed upon people every day. Personally I do not believe in any kind of world view being pushed upon anyone, but people do need to understand other world views. By doing this it will truly broaden your perspective. Image