The student will compare the United States and another country of their choice on the basis of cultural differences and Geert Hofstede’s Five Cultural Dimensions. Submit a 10-15 page paper (excluding title and reference pages) comparing the cultures of two countries. The two countries will be the United States and another country of your choice. Information of a historical, political, economic, or social nature that helps to explain the values and placement on the various cultural dimensions will be helpful. Your results will be presented in a written report. We want to educate ourselves about particular cultures, and how the managerial task is performed in those cultures. It is important that thelinkage between certain cultural values and management approaches be explained. Therefore, try to identify the key values of the culture and specific examples of how they translate into specific ways of conducting business in that country. The evaluation will consider the substance, style and effectiveness with which the material is presented to the rest of the class. The written report should include any useful statistics, maps, or other graphics in an organized and comprehensible fashion. The total report must not exceed 15 double-spaced pages, though supporting material may be included in Appendices at the end and not included in the total page number count. In addition, the paper and all references should be properly cited and contain a list of references
Cultural Differences between the United Kingdom and the United States
Cultural Differences Between the United Kingdom and the United States
Although the United States broke away from the United Kingdom and declared its independence from them many years ago and they are now our best ally there remain many cultural differences. Yes, they share a common language but there are many times when that does not help. Expressions and various words are interpreted differently by each country and can lead to misunderstandings. Even when words mean the same thing to a Brit as they do to Americans there are often differences in spelling or in pronunciation. This paper will attempt to show some of those differences as well as the difference in attitudes and customs.
The United States has their holidays of Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. While the United Kingdom does not have a day to celebrate their founding since they do not have an exact date for that and certain countries within the commonwealth do celebrate additional holidays the original ones are New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day Bank Holiday, Late Summer Bank Holiday, Christmas and Boxing Day. Added to that in Northern Ireland are St. Patrick’s Day and Battle of the Boyne Day. Boxing Day is the day after Christmas. Additionally they can add holidays such as in 2013 when the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton was added along with the queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Many Brits are surprised that the United States, who they feel to be far more religion conscience do not celebrate Good Friday, Easter Monday, or the Day after Christmas. In addition to these holidays the British working people are often surprised to find that workers