Power distance is the extent to which the lower ranking individuals of a society “accept and expect that power is distributed unequally”.
It is primarily used in psychological and sociological studies on societal management of inequalities between individuals, and individual’s perceptions of that management.
People in societies with a high power distance are more likely to conform to a hierarchy where “everybody has a place and which needs no further justification”.
In societies with a low power distance, individuals tend to try to distribute power equally. In such societies, inequalities of power among people would require additional justification.(Source ;wiki)
These thing seems fine when people work in culture in which they grown up. But actual issues start when people make transfers from one culture to other culture.
1. Sub-ordinate move to high power distance culture:
In such case, sub ordinate has to be careful while giving his suggestion to his manager. Suggestion may not be taken in constructive way but treated as obstruction to follow orders.
2. Sub-ordinate moving to low power distance culture:
Here if sub ordinate only follows order then it might take as being incompetent for performing duties.
3. Moving as a manager to high power distance culture
Here if manager asks for constructive suggestions from his team then it might be taken as manager not competent enough to handle his responsibilities.
4. Moving as manager to low power distance culture:
Team may not follow the decision taken by manager but will give constructive feedback and will tend to challenge decisions.
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