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Intercultural Communications - Turkey
Transcript of Intercultural Communications - Turkey
Bridge between Orient and Occident
Largest city: Istanbul
System of Government: Parliamentary Republic since 1923
Ethnic Groups: 70-75% Turks
Divided in 81 provinces, out of which 29 are metropolitan municipalities
Ethnic Groups in Turkey
& the seven geographical regions
Black Sea: Samsun
my home city
-> migration from further east
Turkish War of Independence began 19 May, 1919
culture combines a
largely diverse and heterogeneous set of
elements derived from the Ottoman, European, Middle Eastern, and Central
Turkish Tea Culture
tea-time from sunrise to sunset
social experience and a sign of hospitality
no milk and lemon, sugar only
shopkeepers often offer their
mostly black tea (but also green and apple tea)
Masculinity / Femininity
Corporate culture categorized under family cultures: hierarchical and personal
Hofstede's Dimensions in Turkey
Tendencies in the Turkish culture
Things to consider when doing business in Turkey
spend time establishing a personal relationship with business partners
first name or title followed by 'bey' or 'hanim'
do not use deadlines or pressure tactics
decision making can be slow
first appointments are more social- than business-oriented
punctuality is expected although you should be prepared to be kept waiting
Turkey is a high context society.
Nonverbal communication is important!
The traditional shaking of your head is a sign of confusion in Turkey, "no" is communicated differently.
Turkish people have a small comfort zone. Don't back away when somebody comes close to you during a conversation in Turkey.
"Yes" is a slight downward nod of the head.
In the beginning, avoid talking about politics and religion.
Turkish people love to talk about soccer.
In most countries when thumb and index finger form a circle it means Okay. In Turkey it means homosexual and is considered an insult.