The Hofstede model has some serious negative correlations with the Globe study that should be reconciled. The Hofstede model gives a generic six category description of cultural among individual countries for business to get a very basic idea of differences. The uncertainty avoidance dimension in the two studies, Hofstede versus Globe that is, calls into question the validity of the Hofstede model and mentions caution to using the defined characteristics to derive decisions from.
Personally, I do not quite agree with some of the definitions such as masculinity among nations. Japan is rated very high and yet as a society they are passive when compared in person to an American. I was in the military, stationed in Japan for over one year which I base my experience on. Sure, the older generation expected wives to walk behind the husband ten feet at all times, which seems disconnected as a community but perhaps this is what Hofstede sees as masculine. Diminutive stature with low muscles mass hardly seems like a overly testosterone filled society. I just do not buy the entire model. Can somebody sway my opinion and illuminate what I cannot see?