HIGH or LOW Context Culture

  1. Strong sense of insiders and outsiders – (H)
  1. Specific information exists – (L)
  1. Informal – (L)
  1. Team and family activities preferred – (H)
  1. Focus on results – (L)
  1. Transparency expected – (L)
  1. A lot of confidential information – (H)
  1. Rules and regulations are easily accessible – (L)
  1. Close personal relationships – (H)
  1. General information – (H)
  1. Elders/authoritative figures in control – (H)
  1. “Have a go at it” philosophy – (L)
  1. Individual responsibility – (L)
  1. Concerned about ‘losing’ face – (H)
  1. Expertise valued – (L)
  1. Who you know is important – (H)
  1. Focus on task – (L)
  1. Emphasis on words and text – (L)
  1. Strong sense of family – (H)
  1. What you know is important – (L)
  1. Gender roles clearly defined – (H)
  1. Polite people admired – (H)
  1. Reserved – (H)
  1. Individual freedom valued – (L)
  1. Strong sense of honor – (H)
  1. Short term relationships – (L)
  1. Process more important than product – (H)
  1. Privacy (even when dealing with one’s own family) highly valued – (L)
  1. Public admission of wrongdoing expected – (L)
  1. Strong sense of respect – (H)
  1. Better response to visual information – (H)
  1. Gender roles less fixed – (L)
  1. No direct eye contact – (H)
  1. Strong sense of fairness – (L)
  1. Verbal agreements – (H)
  1. Values logic over feeling – (L)
  1. Very rare marriage with outsiders – (H)
  1. Clear division of responsibilities at work – (L)
  1. Written contracts – (L)
  1. Public criticism insulting – (L)
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