Intercultural Skills for Internships & Volunteering abroad (4) – Rules & structure
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Intercultural Skills for Internships & Volunteering abroad (4) – Rules & structure


hello again my name is Divya I’m your intercultural communications trainer from India we are going to talk about the fourth dimension in Hofstadter 16 model this has to do with the extent to which a culture accepts uncertainty in their everyday life do you have a need for rules and regulations and follows processes strictly or does your culture school flexibility and work best when there is constant change in your life and the extent to which a culture accepts uncertainty or ambiguity and the extent to which they try to control such circumstances is called the uncertainty avoidance index now typically in low u AI or uncertainty avoidance index cultures people tend to be less stressed people tend to be more flexible about rules and regulations and there is generally a lot of optimism with whatever they do in high you AI cultures however you will see a greater amount of stress and conflict is seen as threatening in higher AI cultures there is an emotional need for rules and there is a need for precision and formalization you will see that people will get panicked when certain processes are not followed they are less flexible than in low yo u AI cultures what does this mean when you are working at a hospital for example in a low u AI culture if you come from a typical high you ai culture you would notice that there are more experts there that the doctors are more than the nurses present but when you come to a low u AI call so you will notice that there are more nurses present and doctors also if you are a teacher who comes to a low Oh to who goes to a high you a high culture you will be expected to know all the answers because you are supposed to be the expert and that is very typical of a high u AI culture there is a great importance given to an expert and tour to technical knowledge rather than experience and common sense now one of the most important things about high u AI culture is how they envision time in high you AI cultures time has seen in a linear fashion which means that people can be rigid about time meetings or meeting times of always kept and the people are generally very punctual and when they go to a low u AI culture aware time is viewed in a cyclic of fashion that could cause a lot of conflict because in lower I cultures people tend to be flexible about time as well so you will see people arriving late for meetings or late for dinners and it is accepted wholeheartedly so you can imagine how if you come from one to the other you will see that you will note that people are either irresponsible or you will if you’re coming from a lower you AI to a highway I call so you will find people being very rigid now another thing that you will face if you go from a high you ai culture to a low you ai culture is you might find their work methods chaotic because while you are used to processes and rules and regulations in your workplace most often in lower AI cultures the organizations you might find have very little rules or regulations very few processes but always remember that in such a culture people work best without these rules and these processes and you may do well to adapt to that as well some of the higher AI cultures include Japan and South Korea in Asia in Europe they include Germany Belgium France in fact most of the causes are to have a tendency to be high you AI the Latin countries hi you AI cultures most of the Arab world the Middle East countries are tend to be high you AI as well but apart from Japan and South Korea most of the other Asian countries tend to be pretty low you AI also the United States Australia are all examples of typically low u AI cultures

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