Kuwait and The United States of America

Comparing both Kuwait and USA (United stated of America) we can see that one is completely the opposite of the other. Kuwait’s power distance, for example, scores 90 on Geert-Hofstede’s models.  Whereas the United states has a score of 40. We can figure out that there is a major difference, and this might be due to more rights that are present in the US. Rights also exist in Kuwait, but due to racial discrimination and “bias” opinions towards people from different origins there is an immense diversity of power distance between Kuwait and USA.

 

The government of Kuwait plays an important role in the Kuwaiti lives, meaning that citizens rely on the government to have a sustainable living. In return, all what the country asks for is their loyalty to the country. This makes Kuwait less of an individual society. On the other hand, the United States scores 91 in individualism. We can assume that working for your own benefit is a priority in the United States.

 

Kuwait has more of a feminine society, and the US has more of a masculine society.  The population size can be the reason for the diversity between Kuwait and USA’s societies. The size of the population matters, and the larger the population the more demand you receive; within which competition is carried out.

 

The United States of America scores 46 and Kuwait scores 80 in uncertainty avoidance. I think that a small country like Kuwait shouldn’t worry about the future since making an alteration won’t be a problem. However, the US is a many times larger than the size of Kuwait. Also, many countries look up to America. Therefore, using some predictions for the future would be the least that the US should make.

 

There is no scores available for Kuwait’s “long term orientation”. Thus, we can say that the US has more potential towards the late future.

 

In my personal experience, I believe that my culture can benefit from its population size. Because of population size, we can determine whether it is easy (Hartman, 2010) or difficult to deal with problems (Murty, 2000). I prefer a classroom with fewer students, therefore the smaller the population the better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hartman, E. (2010). The population fix. Retrieved from http://www.thepopulationfix.com/problems.html

Murty, K. (2000, October 28). High population and its continuing growth. Retrieved from http://www-personal.umich.edu/~murty/population2/node2.html

 

 

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Kuwait Towers

“Kuwait Towers”

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I have recently discovered this new website about Geert Hofstede’s assumptions and studies towards many countries’ economy.  The website shows a 5 dimension model that gives people a good idea about different cultures and how they can be similar in culture wise. I was actually surprised to find Kuwait as part of the countries on the website. Kuwait is a small country and it would be hard to assume how their culture works.

First to find on the model was the Power distance. Kuwait was given a score of 90 in Power distance, meaning that there are privilege classes in my country. There are many foreigners living in Kuwait; coming from various numbers of countries around the world to find jobs. Because of this outcome, Kuwait is ranked 90 in Power Distance and I totally agree with the model.

It is tough to work alone in Kuwait without the spread of word. Meaning that in order to succeed you will need to avoid working as an individual. Therefore, there is a low possibility to find people who work alone, you need a group to succeed and we have a saying back in Kuwait that goes like “You can’t clap with one hand”. I believe in this saying so I’m going to have to agree that Kuwait should receive a score of 25.

The model also shows an estimate score of 40 in the Masculinity and Femininity, which means that Kuwait has more of a Feminine society. I believe that Kuwait has both a dominant and competitive economy. Meaning, that I could disagree with estimated score and that it should be higher (50 would be a good score). However, because I come to terms with the individualism score I would probably say that this is also a good estimate.

Kuwait is given an “Uncertainty Avoidance” score of 80. When I was back in school, my chemistry teacher used to always tell us that Kuwait’s oil is not going to last forever. As a Kuwaiti citizen I am quite worried about my country’s future. I really hope that our government monitors the future of this country by acting really fast if they hadn’t done that already. Therefore, I most certainly agree with this score and I see what the model is trying to assert.

There is actually no score for the “Long Term Orientation” in Kuwait. Thence, I am going to give my own point of view about Kuwait’s long-term orientation. I believe that Kuwait is a developed country that is developing at a steady pace towards the future; and I am perfectly fine with that. There is no reason to rush it up and ruin the country by ending up being in debt.

As a citizen that has lived in Kuwait all his life, I see this model as one of the most accurate models that explains my country’s culture. I admit that this is a good website and I also believe that it should be used for other studies that could help make this world well understood by people. This website is most certainly true! The more I dig deeper into this model the more I see how accurate the information is. I would love to read about other people’s opinions and thoughts, so please do not hesitate to comment and give your own point of view.

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