Decision Making for Global Expatriates Essay GECC

Sanderson, G. (2007).  (Doctoral dissertation, ISANA International Education Association).

Signorini, P., Wiesemes, R., & Murphy, R. (2009).  Teaching in Higher Education14(3), 253-264.

Taras, V., Rowney, J., & Steel, P. (2009). . Journal of International Management, 15(4), 357-373.


ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS (To ensure that you have enough time to prepare this essay, it is being assigned here in Module 3. You will submit it in Module 4)

Being that you already analyzed China in the Module 3 discussion forum, you need to select another country via  To compile this additional analysis for the training manager, synthesize what you learned from Hofstede’s website about both the U.S. and the country you selected by providing the following:

Section A

1. Provide a comparison of at least three cultural examples of your chosen country with the U.S. For example, a handshake is appropriate as a business greeting in the U.S. In China, however, one might bow, and a kiss on either cheek would be extended as a greeting in Spain. (about 300 words)

2. Justification for three recommendations you have made for training US expatriates to work in the country you have selected. (about 400 words)




Section B

Hofstede’s cultural dimensions are a useful tool in terms of providing insights into cultural differences across the globe. Nonetheless, this framework has a number of limitations and it is important for managers to be aware of these limitations as part of decision making. In this section, you should discuss:

1. Any two limitations of Hofstede’s model. (Hint: see the included readings. In particular pay attention to the discussion on pp. 4-7 of Sanderson (2007). (about 300 words)

2. How these limitations will influence anyone of your recommendations in Section A-Question 2. (about 300 words)

Where needed, strengthen your report by citing examples.

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