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Intercultural Communications - Turkey

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Nuran Hosgit

on 3 April 2016

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Transcript of Intercultural Communications - Turkey

Turkey
Bridge between Orient and Occident
Capital: Ankara
Largest city: Istanbul
System of Government: Parliamentary Republic since 1923
Ethnic Groups: 70-75% Turks
18% Kurds
7-12% other

Divided in 81 provinces, out of which 29 are metropolitan municipalities
Ethnic Groups in Turkey
& the seven geographical regions
Kurds
Circassians
Azeris
Arabs
Laz
Armenians
Crimean Tatars
Roma
Black Sea: Samsun
my home city
Location
Landmark

-> migration from further east

- Turks
- Circassians
- Laz
People
Turkish War of Independence began 19 May, 1919
Turkish
culture combines a
largely diverse and heterogeneous set of
elements derived from the Ottoman, European, Middle Eastern, and Central
Asian traditions
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
customers tea

mostly black tea (but also green and apple tea)
Hofstede's Dimensions
?
Power Distance
Individualism
Masculinity / Femininity
Uncertainty avoidance
Long-term orientation
Corporate culture categorized under family cultures: hierarchical and personal

"father figures"
&family members
Hofstede's Dimensions in Turkey
Trompenaars
particularist
communitarian
emotional
diffuse
ascription
synchronous time
external
Tendencies in the Turkish culture
Things to consider when doing business in Turkey
naming conventions
spend time establishing a personal relationship with business partners
business relations
first name or title followed by 'bey' or 'hanim'
business negotiations
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.
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