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The Uncertainty Avoidance

The Uncertainty Avoidance

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Uncertainty Avoidance

What is Uncertainty Avoidance?
The Uncertainty Avoidance is one of the five intercultural dimensions developed by Hofstede. This cultural index concerned with a community s tolerance for dubiousness and amphibology. It demonstrate to what extent a culture programs its members to feel either inconvenient or convenient in unstructured situations. This situations are new, unfamiliar, surprising, and different from usual. Uncertainty avoiding cultures try to reduce the opportunity of such situations by exact laws and rules, security measures, and on the philosophical and religious level by a belief in absolute Truth. People in uncertainty avoiding countries are sensual and exposed to nerve. The contrary type uncertainty admitting cultures take the other different viewpoint.

Low Uncertainty Avoidance A low Uncertainty Avoidance score suggests a society that is more relaxed and relaxed, and does not worry when things are not good. In the working place, there are less limiting rules, and less order. Meetings may start and run late, people may not appear simply because they have something more important to do. People feel more cozy in unknowing, new and ambiguous situations.

High Uncertainty Avoidance For countries with a high Uncertainty Avoidance index are important that the work would be done perfectly and always on time. Not only at work but in life must be applicable rules. Members of the public try to alleviate any uncertainty, because they see it as danger to a good life. Culture is usually a lot of stress and worry about the details.

Buddhism. but surely a lot of business people speak English as well. Islam. that can help them in expanding their patronage connections. The first language that Chinese people speak is of course standard Chinese. law and order show emotions not interested in politics the objection of people is not permitted over and specific laws and regulations Catholic. Hinduism escape ritualization and ceremony open-ended learning Teachers may not have all the answers less gender roles children taught benevolence conservatism.Traits of Uncertainty Avoidance Low Uncertainty Avoidance High Uncertainty Avoidance SOCIAL NORMS candour to innovation suppress emotions interested in politics the objection of people is permitted less and basic laws and regulations Protestant. Judaism. Chinese (Hong Kong) have a lower need for uncertainty avoidance and rather avoid too many rules and formalities. is dangerous. which makes it one of the oldest civilization in the world. Beijing is the capital of China. Taoism. . Shintoism Ritualized / ceremonial structured learning teachers have all answers traditional gender roles children taught hostility POLITICS /LEGAL RELIGION SCHOOL FAMILY The Low Uncertainty Avoidance in China China scores more than 4000 years of existence In the history. In contrast cultures with very strong uncertainty avoidance display their emotions in the way that everything that is different. They are more likely to stimulate innovations and emphasize new ideas. They are more flexible and more acting than reacting on changes occurring inside and outside of business. They resist in changes and worry about their future.

They tend to embrace risk and focus on decision process. In many cases. The trust is very important when you make business. especially issues related to commercial risk. People in low uncertainty avoidance countries are hard-working only when needed and feel happier. The High Uncertainty Avoidance in Greece Greece is a well-established country with fast developing economy and high rate of living. They are multicultural and encourage innovation. Language barriers are the first difficulty which we meet. The more close to the east or south-east of Hong Kong are.The Chinese low uncertainty avoidance degree shows the culture s openness to change and to take risks. The low level of competence and qualification of the employees and the management is another thing that scares investors on the Chinese market. Businesses in China are extremely suspicious of questions about how and business management. So use surnames should be used and people should be on time even some minutes earlier. sometimes even impossible. . There are fewer self-employed people. It is difficult to find a business partner in the Republic of China. countries with low uncertainty avoidance degree are less rule-oriented and experience low stress and anxiety. Therefore. despite the multiplicity of organizations producing goods or offering the ones you are interested in. the greater our chances to find English speaking Chinese are. But unfortunately not all our Chinese factories and plants are located in this part of China in northern China where there are quite enterprises producing goods of interest to us. Very often when working with companies in China it is difficult to understand the logic of their actions. The business is hierarchical and for intercultural management is desirable to have formal behavior and to regard with respect. it is important to properly detail the tasks and control when working with companies in China. but it is very difficult to get into the Englishspeaking staff.

Deadline do not have to be made because this can cost you the negotiation. The paternalistic attitude is familiar for Greece. lunches or dinners. developing the personal relationship and bargaining are important for successful business. not with telephone call or e-mails (letters). For introduction a new methods is necessary to have really great experience. If you are dishonest and have not good reputation the opportunity to make business in Greece is unlikely. To make decision you have to get an agreement because the mistakes are not welcome. Key differences between Low and High Uncertainty Avoidance in work. To be a businessman you have to have patience. Greece is the lowest potential country for changing and taking risk. organization and motivation Low uncertainty avoidance in China   More flexible hours Less obedient to rules . Keeping an eye contact. This main intercultural sensitivity can help you on important meetings.The employers have to be flexible because they have different role within the organization. The taken time to get to know somebody is a big advantage because that can release you from the deadline s assignment. An interesting fact is that Greeks do not make deal or meetings on Tuesday which is the day Byzantine Empire fell. The Greek method to make a business is face-to-face. Mostly they prefer to meet in kafeinos which are only male coffee shops where businessmen use these places like informal offices. To keep calmness in workplace is preferable than observing the timeline. That can be done in the office. That is why intercultural awareness is required in business for discussing and decision making. The proposal to pay the bills and to be your guest makes sense of understanding the Greek moral and hospitality. The employers not very often follow the schedule. They do not ask the lower rang people for their decision-making because they are appointed for their more knowledge and experience. the risk and probability of failure have to be measured and only then they can be applicable. But actually in some companies with intercultural staff the timeline is more likely to be met.

better at implementation Encouragement by protection and regards Conclusion In conclusion. In a business China is open-minded and does not afraid to experiment. Contrarily in The High Uncertainty Avoidance countries like Greece people are .          To be late is acceptable Time is a framework for orientation Patience for uncertainty and disorder Top managers are related with tactic Produce a lot of new stuff Focus on decision process Entrepreneurs are fluctuating from the rules More depending on superiors Rich at creating the ideas. there are a lot of differences between High and Low Uncertainty Avoidance cultures. poorer at realization Encouragement by triumphs and regards High Uncertainty Avoidance in Greece             Longer work time and difficult work-life A lot of rules Every time they work hard Time is money Prefer order and precision Top managers are related with work Less productivity of stuff Focus on decision content Entrepreneurs are limited by existing rules More working on themselves Worse at invention. The High Uncertainty Avoidance cultures for example China does not focus on rules and formality they are important for innovation and new ideas.

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