Culture and Human Resource Management
SLP Assignment Instructions
For the Session Long Project for this class, first choose a country
interests you other than the United States (you need to learn about
another culture other than your home culture for this assignment). You
can pick any country you want other than the United States among those
included on Hofstede’s webpage:
You will be looking at a different aspect of doing business in this
country in each of your Module 1-4 SLPs. For this first SLP, you will be
focusing on the culture of this country and how it differs with the
culture of the U.S. You can start by looking at the cultural values of
this country as shown on the Hofstede webpage linked above.
Keep in mind that it is controversial to try to quantify national
culture, so don’t rely only on Hofstede for this paper. Do some
additional research and try to find additional information about the
cultural aspects of doing business in your country. Then write a 2- to
3-page paper addressing the following issues:
- Go to the Hofstede webpage and look up the values of individualism,
power distance, masculinity, and uncertainty avoidance for both your
chosen country and for the United States. What are the main differences
between national culture in the U.S. and your chosen country? What
implications might these differences have on doing business in your
- What other information besides Hofstede have you been able to find
about culture in your country? How do these aspects of culture impact
doing business in your country?
- Overall, does the national culture of your country make it easy or
difficult to business? What cultural pitfalls might an American company
investing in your country face?
SLP Assignment Expectations
- Answer the assignment questions directly.
- Stay focused on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on
tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing background materials.
- Make sure to use reliable and credible sources as your references.
Articles published in established newspapers or business
journals/magazines are preferred. If you find articles on the Internet,
make sure they are from a credible source.
- Reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper,
including pages 13 and 14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the
“Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC