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Module 4 Assignment  

Decision Making for Global Expatriates Essay

The training manager that you assisted in Module 3 has returned to you for further assistance. He was quite impressed with the research and profile you offered for making expatriate assignments to China. He is asking for your guidance to be able to make better global expatriate assignments.

To perform this service for him, you need to apply Hofstede’s cultural dimensions to organizational behavior in the United States and a country of your choosing. To obtain a greater depth of information about your chosen country and its cultural practices you need to draw from at least two additional external scholarly references as well as the Hofstede model. A scholarly reference consists of journal articles from the Excelsior College library or Google Scholar. You may also use websites that are from .edu, .org, or .gov. Please avoid using .com websites. To be thorough, your analysis needs to include a variety of relevant areas such as business, communications, social, and familial, etc.

Before You Begin

Review the assigned articles:

Sanderson, G. (2007). The strengths and limitations of using essentialist cultural theory to understand international students (Links to an external site.) (Doctoral dissertation, ISANA International Education Association).

Signorini, P., Wiesemes, R., & Murphy, R. (2009). Developing alternative frameworks for exploring intercultural learning: a critique of Hofstede’s cultural difference model. (Links to an external site.) Teaching in Higher Education, 14(3), 253-264.

Taras, V., Rowney, J., & Steel, P. (2009). Half a century of measuring culture: Review of approaches, challenges, and limitations based on the analysis of 121 instruments for quantifying culture. 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 Hofstede Insights: Country Comparison. (Links to an external site.) 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

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)

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:

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)

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.

Tips for Students

Historically, students that have done well on this assignment have conducted outside research on cultural practices of both the chosen country and the US and have compared them side by side in each of those examples. It is important to provide creative and insightful comparisons of the same scenario for both countries and to include current issues where relevant. Thinking about things that are relevant to the time frame that someone will be abroad:

What does it mean for their families?

How does this manifest itself in the country of comparison?

It is beneficial for you to use fewer generic answers and instead, provide more details that indicate that thought critically about the subject and your chosen country. Generic answers receive lower grades.

You will also notice that Part B, focuses on limitations. We want to ensure that students are aware of theory but at the same time that students can consider the decision-making implications of these limitations.

Your analysis should be approximately 1200-1400 words, have a title page, and include a minimum of 3 references formatted in?APA?style.

Compile your work as a .doc?or .docx?file type. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. Save your analysis with the filename “YourLastName_Module 4_GlobalExpatriatesAssignment. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Submit Assignment.” Enter the submission title and then click on “Select a file to upload.” Browse your computer and select your file. Click “Open” and verify the correct file name has appeared next to Submission File. Click on “Continue.” Confirm submission is correct and then click on “Accept Submission & Save.”


This course has Turnitin® fully integrated into the course dropbox. This means that you should?only submit your assignments to the dropbox below.?Please do not submit your assignment directly to

Once submitted, your assignment will be evaluated by Turnitin® automatically. You will be able to view an Originality Report within minutes of your first submission that will show how much of your work has been identified as similar to other sources such as websites, textbooks, or other student papers. Use your Originality Report as a learning tool to identify areas of your assignment that you may not have cited appropriately.?You may resubmit your assignment through this dropbox as many times as you need to check to see if you have made improvements, until the due date of the assignment.?However, once you have made your first submission, you will need to wait 24 hours after each subsequent submission to receive a new Originality Report. Plan accordingly as you draft your assignment. Once the due date has passed, your assignment submission will be considered final.

This assignment is due Sunday by 11:59 PM ET. Be sure to review the Decision-Making for Global Expatriates Essay Rubric below for evaluation details.

This activity is used to assess one or more general education career competencies (GECC). You will see additional rows in your rubric from your instructor along with assessments of Above/Meets/Does Not Meet Expectations for each competency. These rows do not factor into your grade.


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