Thailand. Brett Van Buskirk Jeffery Grabel Kunthida Jariyavithayakul Brandon McMullen Helen Ruby Theodore Smith. Introduction. Attitudes Collectivism Relationships. Attitude. Mai Pen Rai Sense of Time Smile Relationships. Attitude – Mai Pen Rai. Calm and Collected Voice
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* Description for each of Hofstede's Dimensions listed below
Thailand is somewhat unique with its two highest Hofstede rankings being equal at 64 - Power Distance (PDI) and Uncertainty Avoidance (UAI).
The high Power Distance (PDI) is indicative of a high level of inequality of power and wealth within the society. This condition is not necessarily forced upon the population, but rather accepted by the society as a part of their cultural heritage. The ranking of 64 is slightly lower than the Asian average of 71 (see Asian Average Graph below).
The equally high Hofstede Dimension ranking of Uncertainty Avoidance (UAI) indicates the society’s low level of tolerance for uncertainty. In an effort to minimize or reduce this level of uncertainty, strict rules, laws, policies, and regulations are adopted and implemented. The ultimate goal of this population is to control everything in order to eliminate or avoid the unexpected. As a result of this high Uncertainty Avoidance characteristic, the society does not readily accept change and is very risk adverse. The Thailand rank of 64 is slightly higher than the Asian average of 58.
Thailand's lowest Dimension is Individualism (IDV) at 20. A low score, as Thailand has, indicates the society is Collectivist as compared to Individualist. This is manifest in a close long-term commitment to the member 'group', is that a family, extended family, or extended relationships. Loyalty in a collectivist culture is paramount, and over-rides most other societal rules and regulations. The society fosters strong relationships where everyone takes responsibility for fellow members of their group.
Thailand has the lowest Masculinity ranking among the Asian countries listed at 34, compared to the Asian average of 53 and the World average of 50. This lower level is indicative of a society with less assertiveness and competitiveness, as compared to one where these values are considered more important and significant. This situation also reinforces more traditional male and female roles within the population.
Thailand's is predominantly Buddhist, with 95% of the population practicing the religion of Buddhism. The precepts of Buddhism include leading a moral life, being mindful and aware of thoughts and actions, and developing wisdom and understanding.Collectivism
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Woman : Sa-Was-Dee-Ka
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*Khub andKamake words more polite.