If we explore the Swedish culture through the lens of the 6-D Model©, we can get a good overview of the deep drivers of Swedish culture relative to other world. If we explore French culture through the lens of the 6-D Model©, we can get a good overview of the deep drivers of France’s culture relative to other world. Please select a country in the dropdown menu below to see the values for the 6 dimensions. After a first country has been selected, a second and even a third.
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Select one or several countries in the menu below to see the values for the 6 dimensions. Power Distance This dimension deals with the fact that all individuals in societies are not equal — it expresses the attitude of the culture towards these inequalities amongst us.
Power Distance is defined as the extent to which the less powerful members of institutions and organisations within a country expect and accept that power is distributed unequally. Sweden scores low on this dimension score of 31 which means that the following characterises the Swedish style: Being independent, hierarchy for convenience only, equal rights, superiors accessible, coaching leader, management facilitates and empowers.
Power is decentralized and managers count on the experience of their team members. Employees expect to be consulted. Control is disliked and attitude towards managers are informal and on first name basis.
Communication is direct and participative. Individualism The fundamental issue addressed by this dimension is the degree of interdependence a society maintains among its members. In Individualist societies people are supposed to look after themselves and their direct family only.
Sweden, with a score of 71 is cultuuf Individualist society. This means there is a high preference for a loosely-knit social framework in which individuals are expected to take care of themselves and their immediate families only.
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A low score Feminine on the dimension means that the dominant values in society are caring for others and quality of life. A Feminine society is one where quality of life is the sign of success and standing out from the crowd is not admirable.
The fundamental issue here is what motivates people, wanting to be the best Masculine or liking what you do Feminine. Sweden scores 5 on this dimension and is therefore a Feminine society. Managers strive for consensus and people value equality, solidarity and quality in their working lives.
Conflicts are resolved by compromise and negotiation and Swedes are known for their long discussions until consensus has been reached. Incentives such as free time and flexible work hours and place are favoured. Lagom ensures that everybody has enough and nobody goes without. It is a fictional law and a Scandinavian concept which counsels people not to boast or try to lift themselves above others.
Uncertainty Avoidance The dimension Uncertainty Avoidance has to do with the way that a society cultuu with the fact that the future can never be known: This ambiguity brings with it anxiety and different cultures have learnt to deal with this anxiety in different ways.
The extent to which the hofstedde of a culture feel threatened by ambiguous or unknown situations and have created beliefs and institutions that try to avoid these is reflected in the score on Uncertainty Avoidance.
The 6 dimensions of national culture
Sweden scores 29 on this dimension and thus has a very low preference for avoiding uncertainty. Low UAI societies maintain a more relaxed attitude in which practice counts more than principles and deviance from the norm is more easily tolerated. In societies exhibiting low UAI, people believe there should be no more rules than are necessary and if they are ambiguous or do not work they should be abandoned or changed. Schedules are flexible, hard work is undertaken when necessary but not for its own sake, precision and punctuality do not come naturally, innovation hofstedd not seen as threatening.
Long Term Orientation This dimension describes how every society has to maintain some links with its own past while dealing with the challenges of the present and futureand societies prioritise these two existential goals differently. Those with a culture which scores high, on the other hand, take a more pragmatic cultuyr With an intermediate score of ciltuur Sweden is seen to not express a clear preference on uofstede dimension.
Indulgence One challenge that confronts humanity, now and in the past, is the degree to which small children are socialized.
This dimension is defined as the extent to which people try to control their desires and impulsesbased on the way they were raised.
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Cultures can, therefore, be described as Indulgent or Restrained. A high score of 78 in this dimension indicates that Hofstexe culture is one of Indulgence.
People in societies classified by a high score in Indulgence generally exhibit a willingness to realise their impulses and desires with regard to enjoying life and having fun. They possess a positive attitude and have a tendency towards optimism.
In addition, they place a higher degree of importance on leisure time, act as they please and spend money as they wish. Join the Hofstede Insights Network A highly selective worldwide network of culture and management consultants with extensive professional experience and knowledge on how to implement culturally sensitive management practices. Cross-cultural strategies for successful business with the Chinese Negotiate Like a Local: Country comparison Select one or several countries in the menu below to see the values for the 6 dimensions.