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Welcome to your information source for international business etiquette, manners, and cross cultural communication. As global business continues to expand and bring everyone closer, the critical element of a successful business outcome may be the appreciation and respect for regional, country, and cultural differences – known as cultural diversity and requiring good intercultural communication. In these pages you will find a wealth of information and resources on international business etiquette and manners to utilize during your international travels and overseas assignments. In fact, you may want to print a copy to review during your next international flight.
Etiquette, manners, and cross cultural, or intercultural communication have become critical elements required for all International and Global Business executives, managers, and employees. As international, multinational, transnational, multi domestic, and global business continues to expand and bring people closer, the most important element of successful business outcomes may be the appreciation and respect for regional, country, and cultural differences – known as cultural diversity.
Learning the skills of proper etiquette, manners, and intercultural communication contained in these pages of the International Business Etiquette and Manners website will give you a wealth of information and resources that you can immediately apply during your international business travels and overseas assignments. In fact, you may want to print a copy to review during your next international flight.
This Site is recommended and used by college professors to teach their business school students the importance of understanding the uniqueness of cultures around the world and how to apply the skills of proper business etiquette and manners to become more successful. Geert Hofstede’s work on cultural dimensions has been integrated into each Country’s page to help students better understand underlying cultural differences.
Each Country’s page on this Site has the following format:
Brief description of the country’s population, cultural heritage, language, and religion.
Special or unique notes, thoughts, or comments about the country
Having insight into the cultural dynamics of a country can be very helpful to understand why people act the way they do, and the appropriate way you should act while in that country. To assist with this understanding, each country page contains a Geert Hofstede Analysis. Geert Hofstede developed a model that identifies four primary dimensions to differentiate cultures. Explanation of Geert Hofstede Dimensions and see Hofstede Scores
Highlights the religious diversification within the country
Highlights business etiquette do’s and don’ts involving Dress, Clothing, Body Language, and Gestures
Highlights business etiquette do’s and don’ts involving Dining, Gifts, Meetings, and General behavioral guidelines
Highlights business etiquette do’s and don’ts involving Greetings, Introductions, and Conversational guidelines
A guide is located at the bottom of each Country’s Page listing Websites and reading materials applicable to that Country.