Hierarchical distance can be defined as the area in which people who have less power in an organization and in a country are willing to accept that power is unequally distributed. In cultures where hierarchical distance is small, it is common opinion that inequalities between people should be minimal, parents treat children as equals, teachers expect students to show initiative, and at work people take responsibility. Conversely, in cultures where hierarchical distance indicators have a high value, inequalities are desired and respected, parents teach their children obedience, teachers are the only ones who take the initiative, and at work the responsibility lies with the boss.

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