Another of Hofstede's categories has to do with the way national cultures relate to uncertainty and ambiguity, and therefore, how well they may adapt to change. Generally, countries that show the most discomfort with ambiguity and uncertainty include Arab, Muslim, and traditional African countries, where high value is placed on conformity and safety, risk avoidance, and reliance on formal rules and rituals. Trust tends to be vested only in close family and friends. It may be difficult for outsider negotiators to establish relationships of confidence and trust with members of these national cultures.
Whether you are a casual consumer or an avid listener, music plays a part in everyone’s life. For this
assignment, you will write a paper that details your personal cultural experiences with music. Think
about the ways music has entered your life. The paper must include the following:
– A short biography (Who are you? Where are you from? Where have you lived?)
– A detailed assessment of how music has figured into your life: Were you exposed to
music as a child? Was music a part of your family, community, or school life? How do
you consume music as you have grown older? What kinds of music do you like? What
concerts have you seen? Do you play an instrument? What are your favourite albums?
– An analysis of how you express yourself through music. What is it about the artists or
styles of music that you listen to that draws you to them? How does your taste in music
reflect your cultural values? What makes you dislike kinds of music that you choose not
to listen to?