Hofstede Power Distance Exercise


Small Power Distance versus Large Power Distance Resized

The table above was adapted from:

China (80), Thailand (64), US (40), Japan (54), World Average (55)

High number means high power distance



Egalitarian vs. Hierarchical

1) China is more ________ than Thailand.

2) The US is more _______ than China.

3) Thailand is more ______ than Japan.

4) Thailand is more ______ than the World Average.


5) China is less ________ than Thailand.

6) The US is less_______ than China.

7) Thailand is less ______ than Japan.

8) Thailand is less______ that the World Average.


The following exercise is designed to cause the student to use a detailed comparison/contrast approach to the concept of power distance as defined by Hofstede.

Hofstede Power Distance Exercise Table

1) How does delegation affect power distance between boss and employee?


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2) How does digital democracy affect power distance between governed and government?

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3) How does being a Tiger Mom affect power distance?

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4)  How does a student centered classroom affect power distance between teacher and student?

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5) How does gender equality affect power distance between men and women?

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6) Does income inequality always lead to high power distance?

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7) What is the relationship between Individualism and Power Distance?


8) What is the relationship between GDP and Power Distance?

The tables below are from the following article:


Hofstede Power Distance and GDP

9) What is the relationship between GDP and Individualism?

Hofstede Individualism and GDP

Worksheet at:


Hofstede Index

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