July 28th: Cultural Aspects of International Business
International business deals not only cross borders, they also cross cultures. Culture profoundly influences how people think, communicate, and behave. There are many differences between the United States and the rest of the world when it comes to cultural norms. What works in the United States might not work well in another and could even be interpreted as an insult! This session will discuss cultural differences ranging from common greetings, gift giving, dining etiquette, how to dress, scheduling business meetings, negotiating styles, management styles, and many other topics —each of which can make a huge difference when interacting with foreign partners, clients, and customers. Culture profoundly influences how people think, communicate, and behave. One of the biggest challenges when operating business globally is understand and benefit from cultural differences. Cultural understanding is crucial for every company to avoid misunderstandings, bad relationships, inefficiency, or cost and to succeed in the marketplace.
* The U.S. Small Business Administration South Dakota District Office, along with the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, U.S. Commercial Service, Small Business Development Center, SCORE, Food Export- Midwest, and a bevy of internal trade experts are conducting a seven-part export webinar series starting July 14th. This online program aims to help participants gain valuable insights on strategies for international sales success.
Del Carver, Fargo Chapter President, SCORE