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Germany Business Etiquette

About International Business Etiquette

Brian Omuro

on 21 May 2012

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Transcript of Germany Business Etiquette

German-German Culture, Customs and Business Etiquette
Can be found at: http: //www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/germany-country-profile.html

Germany-German Business Etiquette, Manners, Cross Cultural Communication and Geert Hofstede
Can be found at: http://cyborlink.com/besite/germany.htm

Business Etiquette in Germany-Learn German your way-Cactus Language Training
Can be found at: http://www.cactuslanguagetraining.com/us/german/view/business-etiquette-in-germany/

Business Etiquette Germany
Can be found at: http://www.mapsofworld.com/germany/german-economy-and-business/germany-business/business-etiquette-in-germany.html Approximately 95% of the population speaks German, the official language
Main exports: Machinery, chemicals, motor vehicles, iron and steel products
Main imports: Food, petroleum products, manufactured goods, metals
Largest economy in Europe
Europe's leading conventions and exhibitions destination
Second only to USA worldwide in terms of events hosted Germany Business Etiquette By Bo Omuro Business dress formal and very conservative Businessmen wear dark suits, solid conservative ties, and white shirts Businesswomen wear dark suits and white blouses Dress Communications No open door policy
Often work with their office door closed
Knock and wait to be invited before entering Germans guard their private life
Don't phone a German executive at home without permission When meeting for the first time
Organization leader introduces their colleagues Business Meeting Appoinments mandatory
Made one to two weeks in advance Writing letter to schedule appointment
Should be written in German Punctuality is taken extremely seriously
Being late only a few minutes is very insulting to a German executive The eldest or highest ranking person enters room first
Men enter before women, if age and status are similiar Business taken very seriously
Don't appreciate humor in business context Communication is direct and formal Business Negotiation Contracts are strictly followed Decision-making done at top of the company Once decision is made
It will not be changed At end of meeting, Germans signal of approval
Rapping their knuckles on the table Germany Information Strict agenda, including start and end times Bibliography This has been Germany Business Etiquette Do not sit at table until invited and told where to sit
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