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INT 220 Module Two Assignment Template
Complete this template by replacing the bracketed text with the relevant information.
Part One: Common Information for Each Country
Information United States Country Selected for Course Project
Basic Country Facts
Government
Type
Democracy Democracy, with parliamentary
government
Commonly
Spoken
Languages
English Japanese, Korean, English
Commonly
Practiced
Religions
Christianity Shino,Buddism
Business Etiquette
How to Greet
Men and
Women
Handshake Bowing
General
Negotiating
Styles
Compromising, Competing, Avoiding,
and Collaborative
Compromising, collaborative
Acceptable
Business Attire
Wear a suit with a necktie that
matches, formal leather shoes, and a
light-colored collared shirt.
prefers to wear clothes more
traditionally, favoring darker-colored
suits with coordinating ties. Pretty much
only the hands and face are exposed.
Identify three tips for doing business in the non-U.S. country you selected for your project.
1. If no one in the corporation speaks the national language (Japanese), have a translator
present when conducting business.
2. To estimate how long it will take to drive or walk to a building for business meetings,
become familiar with the metric system.
3. In business meetings and other situations where people are meeting for the first time,
bowing is a crucial way to express respect for one another.
Part Two: Hofstede Model of National Culture
For each of the six cultural dimensions in Hofstede’s model of national culture, list the score for both
countries and then draw conclusions based on the differences in scores between the two countries. To
find the scores, use this tool: Hofstede Insights: Compare Countries . When you select both countries, the
tool will give you the scores. You should also select the option to read more about your selected
countries to learn about the implications of those scores.
Cultural
Dimension
United States Country Selected for Course Project
Power
Distance
Index (PDI)
40 54
Individualism
Versus
Collectivism
(IDV)
91 46
Motivation
Towards
Achievement
and Success
(MAS)
62 88
Uncertainty
Avoidance
Index (UAI)
46 68
Long-Term
Orientation
Versus Short-
Term
Normative
Orientation
(LTO)
42 97
Indulgence
Versus
Restraint
(IVR)
23 44
Part Three: Conclusions
Draw conclusions on how doing business in the country you selected will differ from doing business in
the United States
Identify any significant differences in scores between the two countries.
1. Japan seems to be more of a collective society, while the United States scores far higher
on individualism than Japan does.
2. Japan typically ranks higher than the United States in terms of perceived masculinity
when comparing masculinity and femininity.
3. In terms of uncertainty avoidance, Japan likewise does significantly better than the
United States, which has a significantly lower rating.
Draw conclusions on the significance of the large differences in scores.
1. The United States and Japan both have a tendency to strive to be the best at what they
do, and this is mirrored in the workplace culture of both countries, where employees
value the firm and one another more than personal growth in the hopes of better
opportunities. While Japan is more concerned with everyone's happiness rather than
just their own, the United States tends to base its national motto on the idea that each
person should pursue their own happiness.
2. First off, compared to Japan, which is primarily not a country with high immigration, the
United States has a far greater diversity within its population, meaning that Americans'
cultures and ways of life will eventually mix with those of others with whom they come
into contact.
3. Japan is constantly in danger of natural disasters damaging their homes and places of
work, unlike the United States. In order to avoid these threats, people must be aware of
them and take precautions against them in the future, particularly if they are seated
near tectonic plate shifting fault lines.
List conclusions on the differences in doing business between your two countries based on
cultural dimension scores.
Although there are many differences between the United States and Japan when it
comes to conducting business, the answers are generally rather straightforward. When it comes
to negotiating, the United States is usually the more assertive party, not afraid to try to seal a
deal if it will benefit them. Conversely, Japan is very different in that it maintains non-
confrontational policies that allow it to be more cooperative with other countries, but this does
not mean they will accept a deal that is detrimental to them. If the opposing side tries to do
something that would hurt them more in the long run, they will look for a middle ground or
become avoidant. In light of this
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