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Values Differ Nation By Nation

July 1, 1994
Related Topics: Values, Global Business Issues, Featured Article
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Here's a little chart that shows some differences between the United States and other countries:

IN THE UNITED STATES

IN OTHER COUNTRIES

Time is to be controlled

Time is fluid, malleable

Change

Tradition, continuity

Individualism

Group orientation

Personal privacy

Openness, accessibility

Informality

Formality

Individual competition

Cooperation

Equality/egalitarianism

Hierarchy/authority

Short-term tendency
(in relationships)

Long-term emphasis
(in relationships)

Work emphasis
("One lives to work.")

Leisure + work emphasis
("One works to live.")

Task-emphasis

Social emphasis
(human relations)

  

Direct/explicit communication style

Indirect/implicit communication style

Action bias or emphasis

Planning and preparation bias

SOURCE: Chart prepared by International Orientation Resources

Personnel Journal, July 1994, Vol.73, No. 7, p. 46.

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