The Cultural Report of Spain

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The Cultural Report of Spain

Student name: Guolei Li (070145)

Date: 8, August, 2009

Words: 1493

Introduction

In order to deal with businesses in the overseas market it is necessary to be aware of their cultural heritage. The purpose of this report is introducing and addressing the key cultural features of Spain. It is important for businesspersons to avoid some cultural mistakes in their trips to Spain. The report has pointed two main views which are general cultures and business cultures in Spain. For general cultures, it gives information on language and communication, religion, social structure and value and attitude. The
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Management styles
Generally, workers provide plans, methods, reports, etc, can be complicated and time-consuming. In order to achieve a particular goal, gathering information required can take a long time. In addition, in a formal and sometimes very rigid hierarchical structure, time, deadlines and efficiency are secondary to compare with detail, rigorous logic and perfection of form. However, Spain is no longer the sleepy country it once was. Although the Spanish tardiness of time perception is not regarded as inexcusable, meetings often start on time especially in Barcelona and Madrid.

Titles in Spain are very important. The highest ones such as vice president are normally reserved for very senior executive-level positions. They should not be used as casually as they are in the America. Rewards and compliments are usually not given publicly in Spain (Going Global Career Guides. Spain, 2006).

Boss and subordinate relations
In Spain, the rank has its privileges. Spaniards always do business with the most important people because of their pride and self-importance. Also there is a rigid chain of command that must be respected. Whatever the field you are in, you must follow a hierarchy which is a proper way for communicating with particular individuals and an expected procedure.
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