Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions

Last year, I took a course on intercultural communications in the workplace and found it really interesting. We did a lot of self-reflection on out cultural values in the class. One tool we used was Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions.

Summary here: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_66.htm

Hofstede outlines five dimensions of culture:

1.) Power / Distance

2.) Individualism

3.) Masculinity

4.) Uncertainty / Avoidance

5.) Long term orientation

I appreciate tools that help me reflect on my behaviour, and culture. Tools such as these are very helpful when it comes to self-discovery (and improving your communication your multicultural colleagues).

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