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Trompenaar's Specific vs. Diffuse Dimension

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Stephanie Chung

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Transcript of Trompenaar's Specific vs. Diffuse Dimension

Trompenaar's Specific vs. Diffuse
Trompenaar's Specific vs. Diffuse Dimension
Home country: Canada Host country: Japan

1. Introduction
2. Specific vs. Diffuse Dimension
3. Role Play Scenarios
4. Conclusion
Specific orientated culture help an expatriate understand a new environment
Pros: Cons:
- Working environment - Living environment
- Straight to the point - Poor relationship with new colleagues
- Efficient - Hard to reach personal life of colleagues
(reflect culture of the new environment)
Socialising after work
Evan has been invited to karaoke by his colleagues but he is nervous about singing. What would you recommend for Evan to do?

(A) Accept the invitation regardless

(B) Politely decline
- Focused on 1/7 of Trompenaar's Cultural Dimensions: Specific vs. Diffuse
- Trompenaars' value dimensions rate nations' values towards life and work
- Specific vs. diffuse rate how much an culture interacts with colleagues outside the office
Japan - Diffuse
"What many foreign companies often see as impenetrable barriers to Japanese business are often strong bonds of trust..."

Lifelong employment -> long term relationship
Emphasis on group loyalty and harmony -> socialising after hours
Overlap between family life and work
Address problem indirectly
Canada - Specific
Believe that relationships don't have much of an impact on work objectives
People can work together without having a good relationship
Not a prerequisite for successful working
Belief that people can work together without a good relationship
More direct and to the point
Focus is on the business objectives
Structured meetings
Only skills relevant to the business at hand are important
Belief that good relationships are vital to meeting business objectives
People spend time outside of work with colleagues and clients
Indirect and ambiguous communication
Focus is on building good relationships
Less structured meetings
Specific vs. Diffuse
Specific: separate work and personal lives

Diffuse: overlapping work and personal lives
Bonnie's First Day
One of her colleagues shared that she was going through a divorce.

(A) Casually acknowledge that her colleague is going through a difficult time and asks if she would like to chat more later on
(B) Nod indifferently, continue working and end the conversation
Evan's cost cutting measures
In implementing training measures, the emphasis should be on:

(A) The individual’s financial performance

(B) Development and growth of the team
“Japanese are very proud and workaholics. Proud workaholics.”
Yoko Ono

We hope you will be able to use this information next time in Japan or when working overseas

Understanding Japanese Culture
- Be ready to socialise extensively outside
the office
- Less personal time while in Japan
- Work and business meetings on weekends will be required
- No 9am-5pm work lifestyle
Specific -> Diffuse Cultures
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