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When the opinions of members of society in a high power distance culture contradict those of their superiors, they..
  • A
    are required to speak out.
  • B
    will be asked to speak out.
  • C
    are unlikely to speak out.
  • D
    are likely to speak out.

High and low power distance cultures differ greatly in the manner in which conflict is approached and handled. Higher Power Distance cultures usually adopt an autocratic leadership style, which means subordinates may be unlikely to approach and contradict their bosses directly.

Some Consequences:

  • In High Power Distance cultures: obedience to authority (parent, boss, officials) is expected; language filled with power or hierarchy indicators; managers / teachers tend to be autocratic while subordinates expect direct supervision.

  • In Low Power Distance cultures, emphasis is on challenging decisions, expecting autonomy and independence.
High power distance Low power distance
Power / Authority are facts of life Minimize social / class structures
Everyone has a specific place No set hierarchy
Those in power emphasize position Those in power minimize position
Respect for authority Respect for individuality
Centralized authority Decentralized authority

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