Mark Jones, a Production Manager, has been transferred from the manufacturing plant in his hometown of Chicago to his company's overseas manufacturing plant in Osaka, Japan.
You are the company's I-O psychologist. Using Hofstede's Five Basic Elements of Culture Distinction, write an e-mail message to the Vice President (VP) of Production discussing at least three cultural differences that Mark will experience in managing front-line plant workers in Japan in contrast to in the United States. Also address how cultural differences may play a role in individual differences Mark will experience.
Your e-mail message should also include at least three recommendations on how managers can take up overseas tasks with minimum transition problems. State the rationale for your recommendations.
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These five elements are power distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance, and long term orientation.
First, Mark should understand the idea of power distance. This is described as the degree of inequality that exists, and is accepted, among people with and without power.
Second, the idea of Individualism should be looked upon. This refers to the strength of the ties people have to other within the community. A country that has a high Individualism score sometimes lack interpersonal connection where as a society with a low Individualism score have a strong group dynamic, and there would be a large amount of loyalty and respect for the members of the group.
Next, the concept of Masculinity needs to be highlighted. Masculinity refers to how much a society sticks with, and values, traditional male and female role. This is important due to the way how someone can be or feel treated in their role. One wouldn’t want offend someone due to a reference in his or her role, male or female.
Furthermore, Uncertainty Avoidance relates to the degree of anxiety that society members feel when in uncertain or unknown situations. Cultures with a high Uncertainty Avoidance try to avoid ambiguous situations when possible. The are governed by truths and order, and they seek a collective truth. Cultures with low Uncertainty Avoidance have very few rules, and people are encouraged to discover their own truth.
Lastly, the element of Long Term Orientation should be learned. This refers to how much society values long term traditions and values. This should be particularly research due to fact of how traditional Japan can be.
In conclusion, moving to a new culture can be unique and challenge. To acclimate quickly it will take a series of trail and error, yet by learning some of the techniques Mark could develop into the culture quickly. Hopefully, you take into the ideas into consideration.