Skip Nav

The 6 dimensions of national culture

Definitions and Key Concepts

❶A short quiz follows the lesson. Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates.

National Culture

Did You Like What You Read?
One More Thing to Do: Check Your Inbox (and Spam box) to Confirm Your Subscription. Thanks!
Elements of Long and Short-Term Orientation

Self-expression and individualism increase with economic growth Inglehart, , independent of any culture, and they are vital in small populations faced with outside competition for resources. Like the power index, the individualism and collectivism surveys scatter countries according to predictable economic and demographic patterns Triandis, [ full citation needed ] , so they might not really inform us at all about any particular organizational dynamic, nor do they inform about the organizational and individual variations within similar socio-economic circumstances.

Individual aggregate need careful separation from nation aggregate Smith et al. Whereas individuals are the basic subject of psychological analysis Smith, , the socialization of individuals and their interaction with society is a matter to be studied at the level of families, peers, neighborhoods, schools, cities, and nations each with its own statistical imprint of culture Smith, Schwartz controlled his value data with GNP and a social index, leading to his proposal of differentiated individual and nation indices of itemized values Schwartz, ; for cross-cultural comparison.

Within and across countries, individuals are also parts of organizations such as companies. Hofstede acknowledges that "the […] dimensions of national cultures are not relevant for comparing organizations within the same country".

From to , Hofstede's institute IRIC Institute for Research on Intercultural Cooperation [28] has conducted a separate research project in order to study organizational culture. Including 20 organizational units in two countries Denmark and the Netherlands , six different dimensions of practices, or communities of practice have been identified:. Managing international organizations involves understanding both national and organizational cultures. Communities of practice across borders are significant for multinationals in order to hold the company together.

Within the occupational level, there is a certain degree of values and convictions that people hold with respect to the national and organizational cultures they are part of. The culture of management as an occupation has components from national and organizational cultures. This is an important distinction from the organizational level. When describing culture, gender differences are largely not taken into consideration.

However, there are certain factors that are useful to analyze in the discussion of cross-cultural communication. Within each society, men's culture differs greatly from women's culture. Although men and women can often perform the same duties from a technical standpoint, there are often symbols to which each gender has a different response. In situations where one gender responds in an alternative manner to their prescribed roles, the other sex may not even accept their deviant gender role.

The level of reactions experienced by people exposed to foreign cultures can be compared similarly to the reactions of gender behaviors of the opposite sex. The degree of gender differentiation in a country depends primarily on the culture within that nation and its history. The bipolar model follows typical distinctions made between liberal or socialist political philosophy.

Although liberal economies value assertiveness, autonomy, materialism, aggression, money, competition and rationalism, welfare socialism seeks protection and provision for the weak, greater involvement with the environment, an emphasis on nature and well being, and a strong respect for quality of life and collective responsibilities.

The masculine-feminine dichotomy divides organizations into those exhibiting either compassion, solidarity, collectivism and universalism, or competition, autonomy, merit, results and responsibility. According to Gilligan, this dimension is eurocentric and sexist. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. November Learn how and when to remove this template message. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Effects of information capitalism and globalisation on teaching and learning. International Differences in Work-Related Values 2nd ed.

What makes us different and similar: A new interpretation of the World Values Survey and other cross-cultural data. Klasika y Stil Publishing House. The Hofstede Model in Context". Online Readings in Psychology and Culture. Retrieved 6 September Builtjens and Niels G. Aaron Marcus and Associates, Inc. Human Relations , 55 1: Dimensions do not exist — a reply to Brendan McSweeney. Human Relations , 55 The essentials of scholarship: A reply to Hofstede' Human Relations , Mirror, mirror on the wall: Culture's Consequences in a value test of its own design.

Australia scores a very intermediate 51 on this dimension. Long Term Orientation This dimension describes how every society has to maintain some links with its own past while dealing with the challenges of the present and future , and societies prioritise these two existential goals differently.

Those with a culture which scores high, on the other hand, take a more pragmatic approach: Australia scores 21 on this dimension and therefore has a normative culture. People in such societies have a strong concern with establishing the absolute Truth; they are normative in their thinking.

They exhibit great respect for traditions, a relatively small propensity to save for the future, and a focus on achieving quick results. Indulgence One challenge that confronts humanity, now and in the past, is the degree to which small children are socialized. This dimension is defined as the extent to which people try to control their desires and impulses , based on the way they were raised.

Cultures can, therefore, be described as Indulgent or Restrained. With a high score of 71, Australia is an Indulgent country. People in societies classified by a high score in Indulgence generally exhibit a willingness to realise their impulses and desires with regard to enjoying life and having fun. They possess a positive attitude and have a tendency towards optimism. Second to your question: Or, put differently, Americans are not risk averse. Neither are Chinese both score low on Uncertainty Avoidance.

I am currently doing culture based research, and I am wondering where you obtained your LTO score for Zimbabwe? I have been unable to find score on any of the dimensions for Zimbabwe. Thank you for your comment! Am I missing something here… Because I have studied in China and even Chinese teachers used to say that Chinese people like traditions, are afraid of losing their face and favors and gifts are very usual in business.

The thing is this 5th Dimension is very difficult to understand for non-Chinese Asians in general. When the tree falls in the forest and there is no one there, of course it makes a noise. This is how we think including myself. The characteristics you mention in your comment are pretty much all related to the Collective aspect of Chinese society. As I said before at the beginning of this post, I hardly ever explain this dimension.

For one reason that it is difficult for me to comprehend emotionally, and second that it usually leads to more confusion than to more clarity. I would like to enquire how LTO affect the uptake of insurance for people of a particular culture.

I am currently doing a study on health financing in Zimbabwe and one thing that I have found is that a lot of people in Zimbabwe do not value insurance in general and health insurance in particular.

Can this be associated with a low LTO score or is it more to do with uncertainty avoidance dimension? Thank you for your comment. If any dimension has an influence I think it would indeed be Uncertainty Avoidance.

Hi UAI scoring countries would then put a higher value on insurance. But you observe just the opposite.

Origin of Hofestede's Fifth Dimension

Main Topics

Privacy Policy

Long-term orientation versus short-term orientation is one of five cultural dimensions identified by Geert Hofstede. Cultures demonstrating a long-term orientation emphasize preparation for the future, while cultures demonstrating a short-term orientation are more concerned with short-term gratification.

Privacy FAQs

68 rows · Long-Term Orientation is the fifth dimension of Hofstede which was added after the original .

About Our Ads

Hofstede: Long Term / Short Term. Hofstede' new dimension is based on the study of Michael Bond in Hong Kong which had noted that Hofstede’s previous four cultural dimensions did not adequately reflect Asian perspectives on culture. A typical high scoring long term orientation answer could be: “I don’t know ” The Origins Of Long-Term Orientation. When prof. Geert Hofstede first constructed his first four dimensions of cultural differences, he recognized that he too was influenced by his own Dutch culture, that he could not take out of the “cultural equation“.

Cookie Info

Dimensions of national culture: The Hofstede model of national culture consists of six dimensions. The cultural dimensions represent independent preferences for one state of affairs over another that distinguish countries (rather than individuals) from each other. Long Term Orientation vs. Short Term Orientation (LTO) A recent American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) survey indicated that failure to consider intercultural differences is one of the reasons that 72% of multinational companies were not satisfied with their global training initiatives.