Doing Business in South Africa Essays

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Doing Business in South Africa
Introduction
The South African culture compromise of: black Afrikaans , white Afrikaans, mixed-race Afrikaans, Asian-Indian, White Chinese-Taiwanese (Koopman & van Muijen 1994). The black Afrikaans are the majority race in South Africa. The Zulu nation makes up the majority in the black Afrikaans, The white Afrikaans are the minority race and have the majority of the power. The white Afrikaans are predominately from the English origin. The mixed-race Afrikaans are closer to the white Afrikaans but they are discriminated against just like the black Afrikaans.The Asian culture is predominantly of the Indian origin. The Asian culture keep the heritage of their home land. The Chinese culture is mainly
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This shows that both US and black Afrikaans distribute there wealth evenly. US executive should not expect black African executives to treat them with the usual respect or deference. Black African executive will want to get to know the executive in an informal manner. Being loud will be interpreted poorly by black African executives. US executive should not be judgmental of the black Afrikaans appearance, demeanor or privileges.
When the US executive is negotiating with white Afrikaans there scores are also similar. Because the majority of white Afrikaans originated from Britian; the figures from Hofstede’s scoring will reflect Great Britian. According to Hofstede’s ranking the US is 38th and white Afrikaans are 35th (Hofstede 1996). This shows that both US and white Afrikaans distribute there wealth evenly. The US executive should use the same negotiating style with both black and white Afrikaan executives.
The color of the US executive will also constitute a shifting between the two executives. If the US executive is of African-American decent; then the white Afrikaans will see themselves as superior (Seidman 1999). If the US executive is of Caucausian decent; then the white Afrikaans will see themselves as equals (Seidman 1999). US executives need to remember to shake hands and call the white Afrikaan executive Mr. or Mrs. White Afrikaan executives hold meetings at there homes and they are
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