Comparison of Similar Business Culture, Social and Business Affairs Among Asean Countries.

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Comparison of Similar Business Culture, Social and Business Affairs among ASEAN countries.

CountryGift Giving
Communication Style
Meetings
Business Card

Thailand
Gifts are wrapped in colorful paper.
Thai are indirect communicators.
Informal conversations before and after a meeting is common.

Decision is hierarchical
Business cards are given and receive with the right hand.

Indonesia
Don’t give or offer alcohol because it is forbidden.

Gifts are wrapped in bright colors.
Indonesians are indirect communicators.

They speak quietly and subdued tone.
Meeting should be schedule ahead of time.

First meeting is more of getting to know each other.
Decision is hierarchical
Give or accept business card with both or right hand

It is important to treat business cards with respect.

Vietnam
Wrap gifts in colorful paper
Maintain a soft voice while conducting business
Vietnamese prefer to schedule meetings ahead of time
Decision and ideas are generated from the top.

Give business card using both hands

Malaysia
Gifts are offered but not usual.
Malays are indirect communicators.

Hierarchy is an integral part of Malaysian business culture.

Initials meetings are generally oriented towards such relationships throughout and beyond the negotiations.Business cards should be presented and received with both hands.

Myanmar
Gift giving is practice but not usual.
They are indirect communicators.
First meeting is more on getting to know each other where building rapport is essential.Business cards should be presented and received with both hands.

Brunei
Don’t give or offer alcohol because it is forbidden
Communication tends to be indirect and somewhat ambiguous.They prefer to use first meeting as an opportunity to get to know the other side and build rapport.

Hierarchy is revered in Brunei business culture.
Business cards are offer and accepted with both or right hand.

Philippines
Gift giving is allowed but not usual.
Filipinos are indirect communicators.
Decisions are made at the top of the company.

Meetings should be made 3 to 4 weeks in advance.

Present and receive cards with two hands.

Turkey
Don’t give or offer alcohol because it is forbidden.

Gifts are wrapped in bright colors.
Turks are indirect communicator.
Meetings or appointments should be made in advance preferably by telephone.

Small talk helps establish a rapport
Use both hands to exchange business cards.

Singapore
Gifts are wrap in bright paper
Singaporeans are indirect communicator.
Meetings should be arranged in advance
Give or accept business card with both or right hand

2. Inspite of a favorable business environment, what are the stumbling blocks and essential for success in business that influence relationship?

The stumbling blocks and essential for business that influence business relationship are: First, the religion greatly affects business relationship. Being a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and the likes plays an integral role in conducting and negotiating business in a foreign country. For instance, in major Muslin countries like Indonesia, Brunei, Turkey and Malaysia religion plays a vital role for the success of business venture. Understanding the practices and values of Islam is an advantage which are extended and imparted within their business organization. Not neglecting their law, policy and business regulation that are essential for the success of business venture. Thus, for non-Muslim conducting business in Muslim countries that they must adhere and conform to the Muslim values, culture and practice to prosper business negotiation. Second, language barrier that breaks or makes business negotiation although “English” is considered as a medium of language. However, it is better and...
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