International Business Culture


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1) What country have you selected for your business culture study?

2) Provide an overview of your country.  Make sure your overview is current.

3) How do you say hello in your country?

4) What is the most important holiday of your country and why is it so important?

5) Is the business culture of the country you selected more informal or formal?

6) Does the business culture you selected emphasize assertiveness or interpersonal relations?

7) Is the business culture you selected more egalitarian or hierarchical?

8) Is the business culture you selected more monochromic or polychromic?

9) Does the business culture have a more short-term or long-term orientation?

10) Does the country you selected have different and important formal business rules for foreigners and locals?  Give examples.

11) Does the country you selected have different and important informal business rules for foreigners and locals?  Give examples.

12) What are appropriate behaviors during initial business contacts?

13) What are appropriate greeting behaviors in business situations?

14) What rules govern personal appearance in the country you selected?

15) What rules govern gift giving in business settings?

16) Are there any gifts considered especially inappropriate?

17) Are there any gifts considered especially appropriate?

18) Are there any special dining etiquette rules in business settings?

19) Are there any country specific taboo subjects in business settings?

20) Are there any country specific taboo non-verbal behaviors in business settings?

21) Are there any country specific taboo verbal behaviors in business settings?

22) What is the negotiation style of the business people in the country you selected?

23) What is the decision making style of the business people in the country you selected?

24) How do the business people in the country you selected to study handle conflict management?

25) Do the business people perceive business as generally win/lose or win/win?

26) Are there any major historical factors, including such factors as colonial history, past conflicts, etc., that affect the business culture of the country studied?

27) Are there any major macroeconomic and/or special governance factors that affect the business culture of the country studied?

28) Are there any religious and/or philosophical beliefs in the country, such as Confucianism, Protestant work ethic, etc. that affect the business culture of the country studied?

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