Culture Analysis Using Geert Hofstede’s 6 Dimensions – USA, Mexico, China, Israel And UAE

Six Dimensions on China, United States, China, United Arab Emirates and Mexico


The six dimensions of Hofstede are individualism, power distance, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance, long-term orientation and indulgence. All the four countries, China, Mexico, Israel, UAE and the united have different ranks with regard to the six dimensions. The dimensions are gauged up to 100 according to the national cultures in the respective countries. The Hamburger business in New York should focus on the differences in the various cultures to ensure that it does not have difficulty in adjusting to the different cultures in the respective countries.

Power distance

Mexico on the six dimensions rates fairly when compared to the United States. The power distance of the country is 81 and as such, it is considered a hierarchical society. The people are assigned various roles especially in organization that they are to do in accordance with their level in the organization.  Israel scores below the United States with a value of 13 showing a society that is on the lower end with more equality and accessibility between those who are low and at higher positions. The power distance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is higher than that of the US at 97 showing that the society is quite hierarchical. At 80 china exhibits a society that embraces a lot of inequality and is second to emirates and higher than the US. The United States at 40 shows a society that is mostly equal and people can have their roles defined differently according to various situations that may arise.


On individualism, Mexico scores 30. As such, the society is termed collectivistic. Israel scores 54 the culture of Israel exhibits both collectivist and individualist aspects. UAE scores 25, which shows that it is a collectivistic society. Loyalty is highly regarded in the society among the groups. Strong relationships are thus considered in such societies that are collectivists between members of a group. China has a value of 30, which highly shows its collectivistic culture. The high score of 91 shows that is it is a hierarchical society and is higher than the three countries as people can do business with those they do not know.


Mexico has a value of 69, which shows that the society is masculine. At 47 Israel is near the middle of a masculine and feminine culture though it is mostly masculine, as such, success, achievement and competition are highly valued. The UAE scores 50 and, therefore, it is neither a masculine nor a feminine society. China scores 60 and encompasses masculine cultures that is oriented and driven towards success. Leisure time is not valued as such. The high score of 62 shows that, the United States has a high orientation and drive toward success, as compared to the other three countries. It can easily set up business in the three countries since there national culture is masculine in nature.

Uncertainty avoidance

Uncertainty avoidance deals with the unknown future and the country scores 82 meaning it has a great tendency in avoiding uncertainty. Israel scores 81 a higher value that the US. The people in the society value time, thus punctuality, and hard work together with together with security and precision that are motivating factors among individuals. The UAE scores 80 and thus exhibits a society, which greatly avoids uncertainty. China scores 30, which is very low when compared to the other countries. As such, truth is viewed in a relative manner and as such, it is considered as an ambiguous society. The united has a score of 46 and is thus second last with respect to the three countries. New ideas can thus be encouraged together with innovation and inventions.

Long-term orientation

Mexico scores 24 and, therefore, it is a normative culture where truth is highly regarded. Israel scores 38 in this dimension and shows that the society is highly normative valuing honesty while upholding traditions and respect for the various norms in the society. The UAE has no score for the dimension. China scores 87 showing that it is a significantly pragmatic. Truth is, therefore, dependent on time, context and situation. The United States has a score of 26, which shows that it is a normative society. Most Americans carry out analysis to prove whether the new information is true.


Mexico has a high score of 97, which shows that it a highly optimistic country. On indulgence, Israel has no score yet. The UAE has no score for indulgence. With a value of 24 china exhibits a society that is restrained. On indulgence, it has a score of 68 that exhibits a society that values hard work at the same time a society that embraces prudence.


The US, therefore, has to deal with power distance as most of the countries exhibit high inequalities about positions of people in the society. The United States ranks highly on individualism, as such, it has to work hard to create a culture in the companies in the three countries that will help foster strong relationships and thus teamwork and loyalty. On average all countries exhibit masculinity and thus the US will not have to struggle much with this dimension. The US ranks lowly with china while the other countries rank highly and thus more effort is needed in ensuring that a culture that is pragmatic and more optimistic is created in the hamburger business. The US has a low value on long-term orientation, this it is normative as compared to the other countries, and it needs to work on establishing a culture of honesty. The US is high indulgent and it will only need to work less to boost indulgence in china, UAE and Israel.

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