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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