final assignment analysis

final assignment analysis
Tachera Sommers Dec 1, 2018 8:29 PM 
 
Abstract For Decades, Hofstede’s cultural dimensions and country classifications on the five work-related cultural values, power distance, uncertainty avoidance, masculinity-femininity, individualism-collectivism, and long-term orientation versus short-term have been used as research model in intercultural communication, cross cultural psychology, and international management (Yu Wu, 2006). His studies have proven that where there is a change in environment, in this case Canada, cultural values and leadership standards change. This research will discuss the cultural dimensions of Canada and use Hofstede’s five cultural dimensions to analyze the leadership style that would be conducive to Canada’s culture. Overview Why you selected the country for global expansion. I selected Canada because, of a conversation I had with a native Canadian.  He talked about how good the healthcare was and how nice the people were. What is the most interesting aspect you learned about the country? The most interesting aspect was how high Canada scored on individualism.  Meaning most put themselves first.  Thinking about the conversations that I have had with Canadians, I found that one interesting and hard to believe. Why did you select the leadership approach? I selected situational for the overall leadership approach because of Canada being big on migration it is important for the leader to be able to lead based on not only knowledge of cultural beliefs but by the situation at hand. What is the greatest “take away” you learned from this course? What I will take from this course is that in order to be a great leader you have to be knowledgeable of how culture and diversity can shape a person and organization.

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Response

It is true that Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, that is, cultural values, power distance, uncertainty avoidance, masculinity-femininity, individualism-collectivism, and long-term orientation versus short-term help in adopting effective intercultural communication. To survive in a different country, leaders must identify and understand cultural differences and then adopt the best communication practices. Understanding Canadian culture will help leaders in adopting effective intercultural communication associated with success. On situational leadership style as the best leadership style, I would recommend combining it with democratic style for a greater success. Finally, I agree that culture and diversity determine how to run an organization. It is therefore important that leaders understand the cultural differences before expanding into other nations.

Final Assignment Analysis- Epps
Denise Epps Nov 30, 2018 2:17 PM 
 
Abstract An analysis of Ireland’s cultural dimensions, topology, and leadership styles was conducted to determine if the country was best suited for an international expansion with the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, Maryland.  The comparison of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions between Ireland and the United States identified similar ratings on all five dimensions between both countries. Using Hofstede’s model proved beneficial in determining the similarities in management theories and unique characteristics of Ireland in comparison with the United States associating it from a global perspective.  Factors that were also considered were the following: location, history, size, political and economic system, language, traditions, values and ethics, life styles, cultural characteristics and business practices. The leadership approaches that were identified with Ireland was transformational and democratic, which aligned with the leadership styles of the Maryland organization. Based upon the results of the analysis, Ireland and United States shared multiple cultural characteristics and leadership approaches to business, it was found to be beneficial to pursue global expansion for the organization with Ireland.             Key terms: Ireland, Hofstede Cultural Dimensions, global perspective, transformational leadership, democratic leadership Why did you select the country for global expansion? The selection of Ireland as the country to highlight for the global expansion was two-fold. The first being Ireland was the only country that I have had the opportunity to visit, and I had familiarity with the healthcare aspect as it related to the care of patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The second being that it would be beneficial in the analysis and synopsis of the leadership theories and styles, global leadership, and dimensions of culture. What is the most interesting aspect you learned about the country? The most interesting aspect that I learned about the country was how Ireland’s health care system was divided into public and private tiers. In comparison to our Obama Care, Ireland is governed by the Health Act 2004 which embodies the provision of health and personal social services to everyone living there. I also thought it was interesting that the country has a Health Service Executive (HSE) that manages the health care system and a Minister for Health that oversees the policies related to the health services. Why did you select the leadership approach? I selected the leadership approaches of transformational and democratic leadership approaches because based on each Hofstede’s cultural dimension ratings. Ireland presented with transformational leadership approaches by using techniques of individualized considerations (Flynn, 2013). Ireland presented with democratic leadership approaches was demonstrating the use of the inclusion of collective decision making, camaraderie and active membership (Flynn, 2013). What is the greatest “take away” you learned from this course? The greatest “take away” that I learned from this class was during week 8, with the introduction of Change Management and Organizational Change. I was able to identify some of the different types of changes (i.e. Strategy and Structure and Culture) that were real-time affecting my organization. Understanding the concepts of change management allowed me the opportunity to lead my employees more effectively towards the goals of the organization. This class provoked learning and the need to go beyond the class readings to achieve the fullest understanding of the topics presented. This course challenged me in ways that were both positive and negative, but at the same time, needed. Flynn, S. (2013). Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez-Faire Leadership. Research Starters: Sociology (Online Edition). Flynn, S. (2013). Transformational and Transactional Leadership. Research Starters: Sociology (Online Edition). Response The U.S shares some cultural characteristics with Ireland. I also agree that they take some similar leadership approaches when it comes to business. Having confirmed such similarities through the research, it is then good to expand into the country since it will be easier to succeed there than in countries with different cultures. Due to a greater individualism in Ireland a transformational leadership integrated with a democratic leadership style will help in creating an environment that supports active engagement and collective decision making essential for success in such situations. What is important though is for leaders to ensure that they identify any cultural differences and understand them to be able to select the best communication strategy attractive to people in Ireland. Ireland and United States shared multiple cultural characteristics and leadership approaches to business,