Similarities and Differences in Saudi Arabian Culture and American Culture
This assignment is designed to test your knowledge of how cultural differences can impact the ability to manage successfully in a foreign environment.
Imagine that you have been asked by your employer to go a different country to manage a business (Choose a country with different culture than the culture you were raised in Saudi Arabia).
Using Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, explain the similarities and differences between your country’s culture and the other country’s culture. How will these similarities and differences affect how you manage employees in the other country?
1. Present your findings in a two-Page paper, using double-space and 12 point font.
2. Use at least one journal article for reference
3. Have at least 3 references (textbook can be one reference)
4. Use APA or MLA format.
5. Number the pages
6. Have a list of references
7. Submit the completed paper
Similarities and Differences in Saudi Arabian Culture and American CultureThere exists a great deal of differences across cultures. In the global world, it is important to understand the cultural differences as it will help to acknowledge and interpret the expectations and the cultural values of people from different cultural backgrounds. People from different cultures may looks at things differently, dress up differently and also express themselves differently (Differences in Cultures, n.d.). People from different ethnic and cultural groups are employed in large transnational corporations and the cultural differences among the employees may result in conflicts. Therefore, it is important to understand the similarities and differences in cultures. According to Hofstede, there are five dimensions along which cultural differences may emerge (Nelson & Quick, 2012). These five dimensions are: individualism/ collectivism, power distance, uncertainty avoidance, masculinity/ feminity and long term/ short term orientation. If two cultures, Saudi Arabian culture and American culture, are studied using the five dimensions given by Hofstede, it would be found that there are many differences and a very similarities in both cultures and therefore a person who has been raised in Saudi Arabia can find it very difficult to manage employees in America.