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The Romainian City Described By Using Trompenaar's Principles.

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INTRODUCTIONRomania, a more or less gorgeous country from Eastern Europe, has a society which is a far cry from the societies of the other countries from the same region. No one knows exactly why, although some people blame it on the Communists, which had the control of the country for some decades.In this paper, I intend to describe Romanian society as it is in 2005, using Trompenaars Principles. There are four dimensions to be analyzed: power distance, individualism, uncertainty avoidance and masculinity.POWER DISTANCETo begin with, power distance relates to the degree of equality or inequality between people in a particular society. Another definition for power distance, given by Hofstede, is: "power distance is the extent to which people expect and are willing to accept that power is distributed unequally. Inequality of power is a basic fact of life. It cannot be 100% eliminated. It is impossible to have no power distance, because this means that everyone is exactly equal (skills, actions, genetics etc) unless you are on about a bunch of identical lumps of rocks. Inequality can take many forms - the differences of physical and mental characteristics, social status and prestige, wealth, political power, rights, privileges etc. All of these are somewhat independent of each other, and in fact the link between them is culturally dependant. Not to put too fine a point on it, Romania is obviously a country with a high power distance.First of all, Romanians seem to expect differences in power between people, yet they are often cynical about personas in positions of authority. They love to ridicule authority and people in position of power. For example, the president of the country is said to be the most popular person among the population due to his hilarious way of behaving in different situations.Furthermore, offices in Romania are ruled by formality. Subordinates are rarely allowed to call their supervisors by their first name. The same thing happens in schools too. While in American schools one can find sheer informality, in Romania is exactly the opposite. If the society wants a lower power distance level, someone should take steps to make this exaggerated formality from schools a thing of the past.In addition, even the ways to say HELLO in Romania are bound to follow up certain rules. For example, if you are the secretary you can't greet the same way your working colleagues and your boss. Greetings are subject to the same strict rules of formality and informality.Some extremely important consequences of a high power distance level are the sudden changes in government and the autocratic / absolutist governments. In days gone by, this has been more than obvious in our country. Let's think of the 1989 Revolution when the Communist leaders were killed. In this day and age we find a certain polarization of left / right wing parties which is another consequence of a high power distance.If we now summarize, it stands to reason that Romania has a high...

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