Title

Comparison of the United States and Morocco using Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions

Presenter Information

Lauren Leshley
Staci Jacobson

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

cultural dimensions, Morocco, United States

Abstract

This poster outlines the cultural differences between Arabic and American cultures based on Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions. The poster examines four of the dimensions of Hofstede’s research – Individualism vs. Collectivism, Masculinity vs. Femininity, Uncertainty Avoidance and Power Distance (The Hofstede Center) . Each country in the world scores differently on each of these scales, resulting in a unique combination that defines that nation’s culture. For instance, America is the most individualistic country, and self-sufficiency is among its values. Morocco, on the other hand is more collectivistic and values togetherness. In our research, we compare and contrast each country’s scores and determine what this means for individuals from each culture who interact with each other. While the focus of our poster contains Hofstede’s findings, it also includes differences and similarities in religion, family customs, relationships, and daily communication processes between the two cultures.

Poster Number

54

Faculty Mentor(s)

Vevea, Nadene

Additional Mentoring Department

Communication

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Comparison of the United States and Morocco using Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions

SURC Ballroom C/D

This poster outlines the cultural differences between Arabic and American cultures based on Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions. The poster examines four of the dimensions of Hofstede’s research – Individualism vs. Collectivism, Masculinity vs. Femininity, Uncertainty Avoidance and Power Distance (The Hofstede Center) . Each country in the world scores differently on each of these scales, resulting in a unique combination that defines that nation’s culture. For instance, America is the most individualistic country, and self-sufficiency is among its values. Morocco, on the other hand is more collectivistic and values togetherness. In our research, we compare and contrast each country’s scores and determine what this means for individuals from each culture who interact with each other. While the focus of our poster contains Hofstede’s findings, it also includes differences and similarities in religion, family customs, relationships, and daily communication processes between the two cultures.