The Dutch culture is in general a very open
minded, individual and well-developed culture looking at human rights and the
equal relation between genders.
In the Netherlands, the power is
decentralized and managers listen and work together with their team members and
employees and they take their experiences into account. The communication in a
company is informal, direct and participative. Another characteristic in the
Dutch culture is to be independent, everyone has the same rights and the leader
is more like a coach to the employees and team members. This is understood as a
low power distance.
In the Netherlands, people are expected to
take care the most of themselves and their closest family. They have a very
strong individualism. In a company, the relationship between employees is based
on a contract on mutual advantage and not because they belong to the same
‘group’ or work for loyalty. Their self-image is defined in “I” and not in
“We”. The Netherlands is an Individualist society.
In terms of Uncertainty avoidance, the
Netherlands prefer slightly to avoid uncertainty, but it is still very mixed
and do not apply to the whole population. Not everyone has a strong need for
rules and represent the will to be busy and work hard.
The motivation of the Dutch population is
not the pursuit of being the best, but to like what they are doing. That means
that the Netherlands is a Feminine society. They like to keep a good work/life
balance and conflicts are discussed until you solve them by finding a
The Dutch culture has a pragmatic nature
and a long-term orientation, they take efforts in modern education to prepare
well for the future. They easily change traditions to change conditions and
they believe that there is not only one truth, but it depends on the situation,
context and the time.
In the Netherlands, small children are
socialized with relatively weak control. This means that the Dutch culture is
an Indulgent culture. They have a strong pursuit to realize their impulses and
to do what they like the most and to enjoy life. Just like in the feminine
society they want to have a good balance between work and life.
Typical symbols for the Netherlands are
tulips, cows, dikes, gouda cheese, windmills and canals.
One of the most popular artists, Vincent
van Gogh was Dutch.
In the Dutch history, William I, Prince of
Orange also known as the father of the fatherland, was the main leader of the
Dutch revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs what resulted in the independence of
the United Provinces.
Different to many other cultures, the
Netherlands celebrate the Sinterklaas more than Christmas.
In the Polish culture, people accept to work
and live in a hierarchical society. Everyone has their place and employees expect
to be told what to do. In organizations is not an equal climate, and different
to the Dutch culture centralization is common. They have a big power distance.
Poland has an Individualist society, which
means that it is common to take care only of yourself and your closest family. A
crime makes people feel guilty and they lose their self-esteem. The
relationship in a company between the employer and the employees is based on a
mutual advantage contract. The mix of high power distance and individualism is
a contradiction, which creates a specific relationship, that is hard to manage
in the beginning. The manager needs to communicate on a second level, to have a
personal contact to all of the employees to give them the idea of everybody
being important for the organization in an unequal way.
In the Polish culture, it is preferred to
avoid uncertainties. They have a strong need for rules, working hard, being
busy and in time, because time is money. Also, it is important for the
individual motivation of polish people to be aware of security.
Poland is a Masculine society, what means
that they live in order to work. Thy have a strong pursuit to success. In this
society is a huge competition and conflicts are usually resolved by fighting
them out and not by discussing and finding a compromise.
Polish people are more normative in their
thinking and it is very important in this culture to always say the absolute
truth. Additional, they care a lot about traditions and do not want to work for
the future, but they focus on working fast and achieving results in a short
period of time. They are short-term oriented.
The polish culture is not indulgence, they
are restraint. That means that people tend to be pessimism and do not try to
realize their desire. They need control and rules also in their social life.
One of the polish symbols is the
white-tailed eagle shown in the coat of arms of Poland.
They have some common mottos written on
flags and banners such as “for our freedom and yours” and “God, Honor,