During my stay at my American school, I found something quite different than I have experienced in China. For instance, American students can call their professors by their first names. Professors also share jokes with the class. In China, students need to raise their hands and ask for permission to do anything. After reading a few articles, I have found that this relates to power distance. I will explain why I prefer the low power distance.
After conducting some research and gathering data from my fellow classmates, I found that the power distance in China is 80% but in the United States is 40%. Influenced by Confucianism, Chinese realized that everyone had their own role in the society and now people have inherited this very thought.
The Chinese begin their early years learning how much deference we should show to an older sibling, a parent, or a teacher.
When studying business, these same ideas affect how students view their relationships with their bosses and subordinates. However, even with the United States being a individualistic country, Americans people still have equal parts in society. Americans do not really pay mind to another person’s identification when communicating with someone else. For instance, when a boss invites their employers to their home for a staff party, the staff generally is not shy from mingling with their and their boss will even do their best to make them feel at home. The staff doesn’t always care about the importance for a boss to have at hand answers for most of the questions they may raise about their work.
High power distance has some defects.
In China, boss is always right and when he is wrong, he is still right. It has become a company culture in China that if boss want to do something, staffs will comprehend immediately.
This pattern ultimately limits the development of the company. In this circumstance, people would be ordered by the higher ups to focus on their work. So, if some employees have possible great ideas for their company, they may have no way to communicate them to their boss and have these ideas accomplished. Even if they get a chance to demonstrate their ideas, their boss would ignore it and insist on the original design or instructions of the project. These people will not be understood by others and nobody would patronize them.
After a while of this pattern, the employee might lose their motivation in their job and stop trying. The company might then lose their competitiveness across the market.
Admittedly, high power distance also has some advantages. In this hierarchical culture, if bosses protect their subordinates, mentor them, and look out for their interests, employees would be united and bosses may reap many rewards.
For instance, behind IKEA’s clean image is a firm that is very Swedish. Secretive by instinct and some could say rigidly hierarchical. But because of these rules, IEKA is an efficient company and always assures the satisfaction of every client. In addition, if bosses have no stateliness, employees will do everything they can do during their work. Then if some employees are out of control or are corrupted, then some other problems will occur. So, bosses are advised that by employees but, they still remain the main power of decision in the company.To conclude, global business are more popular in the present era. Like it says in article, “It is not enough to be a low-power-distance leader or a high -power-distance leader.”