The Uncertainty Avoidance Index is concerned with levels of tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity within the society. Cultures that wish to avoid uncertainty build highly structured social systems in order to avoid situations of uncertainty. High Uncertainty Avoidance cultures have a low tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity. These cultures create a rule-oriented society that institutes laws, rules, regulations, and controls in order to reduce the amount of uncertainty. People from these cultures tend to be uncomfortable in unstructured situations. People in Low Uncertainty Avoidance cultures are less concerned about ambiguity and uncertainty and have more tolerance for a variety of opinions. This is reflected in a society that is less rule-oriented and more readily accepts change.
High Uncertainty Avoidance
Avoid uncertainty and dislike of ambiguity
Rule based society
Plans and structure welcomed
Low Uncertainty Avoidance
Comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity
Comfortable in a less structured society