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Ep22 - Cultural Dimensions Framework by Geert Hofstede

This week something not necessarily Agile, but interesting nevertheless: The Cultural Dimensions Framework by the late Geert Hofstede.

It shows the effects of a society's culture on the values of its members, and how these values relate to behaviour, using statistics.

It uses 6 criteria, expressed on a 0-100 scale, comparing many countries:

  1. Power Distance Index

  2. Collectivism vs. Individualism

  3. Uncertainty Avoidance Index

  4. Femininity vs. Masculinity

  5. Short-Term vs. Long-Term Orientation

  6. Restraint vs. Indulgence

In a globalised world, this framework helps avoid conflict; improve collaboration; increase engagement; and improve your organisations effectiveness.

There is too much detail to cover in a post, so please refer to my presentation attached. It includes a case study on Sweden’s Covid response, and useful links.

Key take outs of Hoffstede's model

Improve your communications by tuning into subtle cues, observe but don’t judge, don’t take behaviour personally, understand your stereotypes and learn about other cultures with an open mind.

If you'd like to learn more, have a look at below presentation, which I shared with my colleagues at Singtel Optus in November 2020.

Hoffstede's Cultural Dimensions R van Geloven Agile 101
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For more information, please have a look here.

This link let's you compare a large selection of countries


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