An Intercultural Analysis between China and Colombia
AN INTERCULTURAL ANALYSIS BETWEEN TWO NATIONS 2 Intercultural and interpersonal communication is a facet of everyday life. These components are important when we consider the role they play in global communication and the business world as a whole. For example, consider a business transaction between individuals from two distinct countries such as Colombia and China; each individual needs to understand the other culture in order to facilitate effective and respectful communication. As Geert Hofstede (2001) explained, culture is comprised of power distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance, pragmatism, and indulgence. If we use these components to analyze the two countries from the example, we find various similarities and differences that would greatly affect a business transaction between the two.
Both Colombia and China share similarities in the areas of power distance, individualism, and masculinity. Both countries scored high in power distance, or extent to which power is unequally distributed, and masculinity, the desire to excel at a skill versus liking the actual skill (Hofstede, 2001). This means that in both societies individuals with power are far removed from their lesser powerful counterparts. It also means individuals from these countries are motivated by success and achievement as opposed to equal status. China and Colombia also similarly scored low in individualism meaning that both cultures are collectivistic or centered on members that form an interdependent network (Hofstede, 2001). As other analysts have noted, “Chinese society [in particular] is collectivist in that individuals identify with an “in-group” consisting of family, clan, and friends. Within this, cooperation is the norm. Outside it, zero-sum competition is common” (Harris, 2014, para. 5). Thus, it is paramount...
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