It is well-know fact that different people have different opinion and this saying can be also used in the culture. For that reason, different cultures would make people have different behaviours.Culture can be defines as “the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one human group from another” (Hofstede 1984, p: 21). Culture is consisting of language, political, values, belief, food, cloth, etc. And those elements make people have different behaviours. Therefore, there are significance differences between two cultures and so does two national cultures.
It is well to accept that people have different behaviors at work between two national cultures. For this reason, the aim of this essay is to examine the difference of behaviour at work between China and United Kingdom which caused by the different culture. The easy is divided into three sections. Firstly, it will describe the differences in daily life between China and United Kingdom. Secondly, it will not only introduce Hofstede’s Framework for Assessing Cultures which used for analyzing differences among cultures, but also list the differences between China and United Kingdom. And finally, it will list some particular differences in workplace between China and United Kingdom.
DIFFERENCE IN DAILY LIFE
Culture is consisting of many elements and different national culture has its own culture. There are varity cultures in the world. However it is hard to evaluate the culture, because culture behavior just different and it is can not regard right and wrong. United Kingdom’s culture is different from the China’s.
The food is different. In China, people think the dinner is the most importance meal in a day because they consider it is a good way to have a rest after working and refill the energy for tomorrow. However, British think “full breakfast” is helpful because it helps people has energy to finish the job well. In this example, it indicates people have different
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