Cross Cultural Management in Germany

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Introduction

Nowadays, it is said that we leave in a globalized world, a world without frontiers, without differences, each time more and more unified, with so many technological innovations and communication facilities than allows the world to be connected; but the truth is that there are still many different countries, languages and of course different cultures.

Doing Business around the world is not as easy as it sounds. It’s not only about money or economic Aspects, but also cultural and social factors; and as the corporate world is becoming more and more interrelated and international, the importance of learning and understanding about different cultures and behaviors around the world is greater than ever.

The aim of the present essay is to examine and understand the different cultural aspects from Germany, from a general to a specific perception, so that it could be use as a guide for future references. As well this guide should help interact with German people in business and in daily basis in life. Key information About Germany

The Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is consider one of the mayor powers within the world and the first in the European nation.

Located in the heart of Europe, It is border by nine countries and two mayor seas, being the European country with more country neighbors. To the north it borders with Denmark, the Northland Sea and the Baltic Sea; to the east, with Poland and the Czech Republic; to the south to Austria and Switzerland and through the West by France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Germany is a federal parliamentary republic of sixteen states, with more than 357,000 square kilometers and around 81.8 million inhabitants, becoming the country with the largest population among member states of the European Union. The capital and largest city of Germany is Berlin. Other important cities are Hamburg, which is Germany's second biggest city, port, and commercial center; Munich, capital of Bavaria and Frankfurt the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe. The highest mountain is the Zugspitze (2963 m) and the longest rivers are the Rhine (865 km.) and the Elbe (700 km.). The weather is Moderate, Germany is located within an oceanic/continental climatic zone with frequent changes in weather and primarily westerly winds.

The official language in Germany is standard German, which almost 95% of the population speak it as a mother tongue. Moreover, must Germans learn English as their first foreign language in school, and French and Spanish as a third language; and because of its high number of immigrants, Turkish has became another important language in the country.

In economic terms, Germany is the largest national economy in Europe and the world's fourth largest economy by nominal GDP and the fifth largest in purchasing power parity (PPP) with a GDP per capita of $34,100 (2009 est.). It is the second largest exporter and third largest importer of goods in the world, being the leading exporter of machinery, vehicles, chemicals, and household equipment and benefits from a highly skilled labor force (43.51 million). The principal exporting partners are France (10.2%), US (6.7%), Netherlands (6.7%), UK (6.6%), Italy (6.3%), Austria (6%), China (4.5%) and Switzerland (4.4%). There are over than 30 international companies headquartered in Germany than ranked on the top among the worlds largest stock market listed companies measured by revenue. Companies such as Daimler, Volkswagen, Allianz (the most profitable company in Germany), Siemens (one of Europe's largest employers), Deutsche Bank (2nd most profitable company), Deutsche Post, Metro, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Adidas, Audi, and Porsche .The country currency is the Euro. In international aspects, Germany is a member of the United Nations, NATO, G8, G20, OECD, and the WTO organizations.

In the communication area,...
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