The paper "Business Communication and Workplace Practices in Australia and China" is a perfect example of a business case study. The aim of this report is to compare and contrast the business communication and workplace practices in Australia to those of China. The report is based on the reflective journal entries that were posted relating to various business and workplace aspects in both Australia and China. The report will engage various cultural theories (Hofstede, Trompenaars, Hall) to illustrate the differences and similarities in the business relationship contexts of the two countries.
Based on the findings of the report, recommendations will be made on how cross-cultural awareness can be enhanced between culturally diverse business partners. Part 1: Cross-Cultural Reflection: Differences and Similarities between Business Communication and Workplace Practices in Australia and China The differences between business communication and workplace practices in Australia and China can be perceived by looking at the journal entries for modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. The journal entries touched on various issues including intercultural communication, perceptions of professional behaviour, job recruitment practices, business communication styles, and job interview practices.
The differences noted in the journal entries can be understood by analyzing the various cultural theories in the literature. These are Hofstede’ s cultural dimensions, Trompenaars’ cultural dimensions and Hall’ s cultural dimensions. Hofstede’ s cultural dimensions theory is based on five aspects of the intercultural relationship: power distance, individualism versus collectivism, masculinity versus femininity, uncertainty avoidance and long-term orientation (Stonehouse et al. 2007, p. 56). a. Communication and Hierarchy in the Workplace The power distance dimension describes the extent to which people accept that power in an organization or society is distributed unevenly (Stonehouse et al.
2007, p. 56; Samovar, Porter & McDaniel 2010, p. 302). When people agree that power is distributed unevenly, power distance is considered to be high. In contrast, low power distance refers to a situation where people do not gladly recognize an uneven distribution of power.
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