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1.4.3: Intercultural Communication
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- How flat are hierarchies?
- How does a culture deal with inequalities?
- Is societal influence concentrated in the hands of a few or distributed throughout the population?
- How authoritarian is a country’s organization?
- Are communication efforts interactive?
- Does the interest of the group or the individual matter the most?
- Are people only looking after themselves and their immediate family?
- How well are individuals integrated and networked?
- Which values are aimed for?
- How strong is a society following material values and success in comparison to the quality of life, interpersonal relationships and the concern for the weak?
- Do members of a society feel threatened by unknown situations?
- Are there attempts to control the future or do people just let it happen?
- How high is the willingness to try something new or different?
- How are individuals subordinating themselves for longer term purposes?
- How are the tendencies towards short-term spending and long-term savings, perseverance and quick results?
- How freely are hedonist drives as gratification towards enjoying life and having fun tolerated and allowed?
- Is the gratification of needs restricted by strong social norms?
- What can you say about your nation’s culture?
- How would you classify it in terms of Hofstede’s model?
- How do you evaluate the United States’s scores? Do you agree?
- Have a look online to compare your estimation with your country’s scores!
- Compare with other countries you know.