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Hofstede’s Analysis

Hofstede’s Analysis of New Zealand

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(New Zealand’s scoring in Hofstede Study)

Power Distance (PDI) according to Geert Hofstede’s website is defined as, “the extent to which the less powerful member of institutions and organizations within a country expect and accept that power is distributed unequally. The fundamental issue here is how a society handles inequalities among people”. Also according to the website, “New Zealand scores low on this dimension (22)”. This means the chain of command is created for convenience. Within the different institutions and organizations superiors are always available and they rely on individual personnel and teams for their knowledge. This furthermore means that communication is casual, straightforward, and cooperative. Individualism versus Collectivism (IDV) according to Geert Hofstede’s website is defined as, “the degree of interdependence a society maintains among its members”. “New Zealand, with a score of seventy-nine (79) on this dimension, is an individualistic culture”. This score proves that most people in the New Zealand society look after their individual selves and their direct family members. This is the case where “every man for himself” plays a major role in society. On the business side, the employees are expected to be self-sufficient and demonstrate resourcefulness. Furthermore, only the ones who can do the job most effectively are hired. Masculinity versus Femininity (MAS) according to Geert Hofstede’s website states, “The fundamental issue here is what motivates people, wanting to be the best (masculine) or liking what you do (feminine)”. Also according to the website, “New Zealand scores fifty-eight (58) on this dimension and is considered a “masculine” society. Most people living in New Zealand set goals to achieve and strive to…...

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