Cultural Dimensions Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions

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International Organizational Behavior-Cultural Differences in Job Satisfaction and Motivation

For the Assignment, you will conduct research on the United States and two other countries

cultures consulting The Hofstede Dimensions from Chapter 5 for this exercise. Make sure to complete

Hofstede’s 5 Cultural Dimensions activity in the Learning Activities area before beginning this

Assignment. Then use the Kaplan library or the Internet for your additional research, and then respond

to the questions below in a persuasive essay in 2–3 pages in APA format and citation style.

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How do various factors of one’s job contribute to satisfaction in different cultures?

A recent study attempted to answer this question in a survey of over 49 countries. The authors

of the study distinguished between intrinsic job characteristics (having a job that allows one to use one’s

skills, frequently receiving recognition from one’s supervisor) and extrinsic job characteristics (receiving

pay that is competitive within a given industry, working in an environment that has comfortable physical

conditions) and assessed differences between the two in predicting employee job satisfaction.

The study found that, across all countries, extrinsic job characteristics were positively and

consistently related to satisfaction with one’s job. However, countries differed in the extent to which

intrinsic job characteristics predicted job satisfaction. Richer countries, countries with stronger social

security, countries that stress individualism rather than collectivism, and countries with a smaller power

distance (those that value a more equal distribution of power in organizations and institutions) showed

a stronger relationship between the presence of intrinsic job characteristics and job satisfaction.

What explains these findings? One explanation is that in countries with greater wealth and

social security, take concerns about survival for granted, and thus employees have the freedom to place

greater importance on intrinsic aspects of the job. Another explanation is that cultural norms

emphasizing the individual and less power asymmetry socialize individuals to focus on the intrinsic

International Organizational Behavior-Cultural Differences in Job Satisfaction and Motivation

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