Power distance

Joseph Reagle

Power distance

Hofstede on Power Distance

Mulder vs Hofstede?

The degree of inequality in power between a less powerful individual and a more powerful other… (Mulder 1977)

the extent to which the less powerful members of institutions and organizations with in a country expect and accept that power is distributed unequally. (Hofstede 1997)


Is the paper ethnocentric?

Are there both positives and negatives to high/low power distance?

Positives & negatives?



Role play (20 min)

  1. Divide class in half.
    1. Propositions 1-4
    2. Propositions 5-9
  2. Each half then divides into groups of 4-5 people.
    1. actors
    2. a narrator
  3. Design a role playing scenario that exhibits the articles proposals for both the high and low power-distance cultures. The narrator should be able to set the stage and highlight the salient points.

High PD props. 1-4

High PD props. 5-9


TPS: Exception to the rule