The country that I choose are China and Japan as the comparison for the Hofstede cultural dimensions. The first dimension is power distance that the gap of hierarchy between a person who has position compare with a layman. China get 80 for the scores of power distance and that is almost the higher ranking power distance. Therefore, in China they will follow what their superior or manager order and should finish the task have given by the manager. Because the person who have authority or position should be respect as a leadership for a group of people. While in Japan, they get 54 for the scores of power distance and it between high and low power distance but it still below compare to China. It just a hierarchy in a business which is for between level of the top management and low management.
The second dimension is individualism vs collectivism which is a person do a job as one person or as a team. China get 20 for the score therefore, they are individualism for the Hofstede cultural dimension. In China, they feel good when job as alone and dislike do a job as a team. They think about himself and not care about other feeling. While, in Japan get 46 for the score and it still individualism for the country that we assume as collectivism. But it based on situation, if the company are more family and friendly it will more towards to collectivism.
The third dimension is masculinity vs feminine, which is masculinity want to be success and gain money, while feminine, is more toward caring to others. China get 66 for the score therefore, they are masculinity for the Hofstede cultural dimension. In China, who everyone want to be successful and get a better condition for their life. Also they do not care about other people around him. While in Japan get 95 for the score and it is most masculinity country in the world. The reason is because from child they have been teach to compete each other to get better result and achieve what their target.
The fourth dimension is uncertainty avoidance, which is in the society they care or not about the feeling of ambiguity. China get 30 for the score therefore, they are low uncertainty avoidance. In China, they will take risk and not to avoid any ambiguity to grab the opportunity if it will give good return for them. While in Japan, get 92 for the score of high uncertainty avoidance in the world. The reason is because they do not want take any risk to achieve their target also, they will avoid any term of ambiguity in their society life or business.
The fifth dimension is long term orientation vs short term orientation, which is the society who want long relationship compare to short term of relationship. China get 87 for the score therefore, they are long term orientation. In China, they want to keep long relation so keep in touch with them. While in Japan get 88 for the score of long term orientation in the world. The reason is because in business world they are particular to know each one of them and get their trust from Japan.
Lastly, dimension is indulgence vs restraint, which is how far a person can control their desire and impulse. China get 24 for the score therefore, they are more restraint. They are not to enjoy for their life because must follow the obligation and it all under control of the top people. While in Japan they also get 42 for the score and they are restraint also. The reason is because a few people who are happy in Japan.
2) Discuss 2 possible implications on business practices arising from the cultural differences of the two countries.
When we make a business in different country, it will arise any possible implication that can be positive or negative effect for the business. The first possible implication on business practices arising from the cultural differences of China and Japan is sustainable because from based on last dimension both country are more to long term orientation. Therefore, if both of them make a deal so it will give a good benefit because both of them to look far away in future. For example, both of them have almost similar culture and dimension so it will make the business will get a better result in future day.
Besides that, for the second possible implication on business practices arising from the cultural differences of China and Japan is quite difficult in making decision because China culture will grab any opportunity and do not care about any risk that will arise. Meanwhile, Japan culture they more to be careful on making decision and do not want to make any mistake based on their decision. In addition, they are very particular to avoid any risk, even though in long term to get the best returns. So, if this two country meet and make a business it quite tough to get a final decision in order to get a better result.