Differences among Nations:Compared and Contrasted Essay

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There are many aspects that affect the way in social, culture, economic, legal and political conditions can greatly affect the way globalized businesses are managed. Doing business abroad presents enormous challenges simply because countries and societies are so incredibly different. There is a need to appreciate not only that these differences exist, but also to appreciate how these differences impact doing business abroad. Doing business abroad requires flexibility to conform to the value systems and norms of that country. Adaptation can embrace all aspects of an international business's operations in a foreign country, from the way deals are negotiated, to the appropriate incentive pay systems, to the organization structure,…show more content…
Where possible it is necessary to provide written materials and/or copies of presentations. During a verbal presentation, it may be advisable to repeat key points for emphasis, and in almost all cases to have a professional interpreter. Another major difference in the social etiquette pertaining to business between The Netherlands and Mexico is the way business appointments and meetings are handled. Business appointments are required and visitors are expected to be punctual, it is considered rude and frowned upon heavily to do so otherwise in The Netherlands. In Mexico, however, be prepared to wait for your appointment beyond the scheduled time. Mexicans often schedule business appointments during siesta time (between 2 and 5 pm), when they will be at lunch or off-duty. They may also schedule several appointments at the same time, knowing that many people will not show up. (Gottlieb, 2003). These differences can cause major communication problems while trying to conduct business. These are just a couple, among countless other reasons why it is so important to be aware and become acquainted with the social differences in the country that you are going to be doing business with. We have a great need to understand the cultural differences among nations. Cultural differences can affect the success or failure of an international company in a number of important ways. In studies of international business negotiations between Americans, on the one
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