International business protocol

When doing business in a foreign country executives and managers need to have some knowledge of the rules and behaviors that are considered acceptable in social and professional relationships. The culture and traditions of each country make people behave differently and if international managers do not know how to adapt to business culture differences, they can cause rejection in the other party and even jeopardize the success of the negotiations. Some aspects related to international business protocol are:

  • Greetings and introductions.
  • Names and titles.
  • Organizing meetings.
  • Punctuality and time.
  • Business cards.
  • Preliminary conversations.
  • Verbal communication.
  • Non-verbal communication.
  • Business meals.
  • Gift giving.
  • Tipping tips.
  • Business attire.

Also called International business etiquette. See business culture. Business Culture and Etiquette Guides by countries.

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