The paper 'Comparing Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates Cultures" is a perfect example of a management case study. The importance placed on time varies from one culture to the next and it depends on the way different cultures manage time. In sequential time people place emphasis on the order of events to be done (Minkov, M 2011). These events are thus supposed to be performed in order one at a time. On the other hand, synchronous time cultures view the past, present and future as timepieces that are interwoven. Looking at how people in the United Arab Emirates carry out their duties coupled with the fact that it was a protectorate of Britain, it would be right to say that it is a sequential time culture.
In the UAE culture, timekeeping is very important as people are obliged to be punctual and set clear deadlines (Hall 2009). Additionally, the very important people in the society such as the sheikhs, men and the rich are supposed to be given priority with regard to time, meaning that others should wait for these ‘ important’ persons in the society.
This culture is what has enabled the UAE to develop at an alarming rate. On the other hand, Azerbaijan is a synchronous time culture where society doesn’ t place importance in keeping time (Hall 2009). Azerbaijan, having gained independence from Russia did not change its time culture and as such, people are punctual, stick to deadlines and focus on one activity at a time. It should be noted that Azerbaijan culture developed majorly under the influence of the Russian and Islamic cultures. Islamic cultures are known to be less time conscious (Hall 2009). Language When it comes to language, cultures differ in their local dialects, even within one country.
Language, therefore, is the best distinguishing factor among cultures. Azerbaijan people speak Azerbaijani language which is spoken in different dialects in the countries Northern and Southern regions (Every Culture 2009). Although both regions classify their languages as different, there is a fairly small degree of intelligibility in these two Azerbaijani dialects. The United Arab Emirates is a cosmopolitan community with different nationalities. With so many nationalities found in the country, it is important for the people to find a common language with which they can communicate easily (Every Culture 2009).
It is for this reason that the widely spoken language is English. However, the UAE’ s official language is Arabic, which is its historical language. Apart from Arabic and English, other languages spoken in the UAE are Malayalam, Hind-Urdu and Tagalog. This is evident in the multiculturalism found in the country. Individualism (IDV) Hofstede defines individualism to be a level of strength in ties that exists among the people of a certain community. According to Hofstede, a high IDV score suggests that there are loose connections among people of the said community.
In contrast, a low IDV score would suggest that people of the community in question are closely connected (Peng 2011). Although there are no sources that give an exact index to its score, its neighbouring countries such as Iran and Turkey have IDV indices of 41 and 37 respectively. It would then be right to assume that Azerbaijan has an IDV index in around the same region. With the highest IDV index being 91 for the U. S and the lowest being 6 for Guatemala, an index falling between 41 and 37 can be said to be neither high nor low (Clearly Cultural 2014).
Azerbaijan is, therefore, a relatively medium individualistic culture and as such, it can be said that the Azerbaijan people consider the needs of the people and those of the community as equal priorities.
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