Culture’s Impact on Business Practices. Business Customs Data. CountryWatch Data Base People Cultural Etiquette Travel Guide globalEdge web site maintained by Michigan State University Ciber Center at http://globaledge.msu.edu Click on culture
Understanding of cultural differences and willingness to accommodate those can cause misunderstanding
Low Context -
messages are explicit, verbally explicit
Gets down to business quickly
Communication depends on context, non-verbal cues, read between the lines
Person’s word is his bond
High Context Implicit
North American (US)
Low Context Explicit
One thing at a time
Don’t waste time
Never underestimate the importance of punctuality in German business culture. Arriving merely two or three minutes late is a grave insult, especially if you are a subordinate.Make your appointments well in advance. Give at least one or two weeks’ notice for an appointment made by telephone; allow at least a month for an appointment made by mail. If you don’t have much preparation time, it's sometimes possible to arrange for a brief, introductory meeting within a few days' notice.
7 a.m. – 1 p.m. And 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
? – 1 p.m. And 5:30 – 8 p.m.
US FCPA 1977 “makes illegal for companies and their representatives to bribe government officials and other politicians or candidates to political office. The Act also prohibits payment to third parties when the company has good reason to assume that part of the payment is being used for bribery.”