Topic: Cultural differences between Austrian and Indian employees/managers. Dear Interviewee,
We are primarily interested in your personal experiences, and all questions are to be seen as related to you! •
Name : Birgitt
Native Country (indicate any double citizenship): Austria •
Country(ies) visited: South America, Asia, Europe and Australia •
Age : 25
Q1: Explain generally where the greatest differences between Austrian and Indian worklife are to be found. There are generally more Indians employed for a job that is usually done by only one Austrian. Time perception is different. I think Indians have more working hours.
Q2: How do you feel that your country is different than other countries? I like it because India is a country that is still in transition and is very dynamic. In Austria the development seems to be limited already.
Q3 : What can you point out as being the most important cultural difference between an Indian and Austrian/European ? -
Perception of cleaness is different
People in India seem to be more laid back
The importance of religion is higher in general
Man are more dominant
Q4 : What stereotypes do people in your country generally use to describe the following groups (don't describe your own people if listed below):
* The Americans: stupid, fat and superstitious
* The French: arrogant, unfriendly and not willing to speak English
* The Germans: punctual and boring
* The Indians: nodding with there head a different way, funny and lazy
Q5 : When you travel abroad, do you think that these preconceptions are justified (on a scale from 1 to 5)?
1 (In general Yes)
3 – sometimes yes, sometimes no. !!!!!!!!
5 (Not at all)
Q6 : How do you perceive the professional communication between foreign (Austrian/European ) and Indian employees? -
Friendly, small talk on the beginning
Showing strong interest about the other country
Indians more friendly, Austrians more focussed and harsh
Q7: How do organizational principles in India differ from Austrian ones? Indians like to foresee everything and plan in advance, Austrians more flexible in plan making (short time)
Q8 : In the business world, would you say that:
- The level of responsibility given to people is linked to:
(several answers are possible)
* their position in the company my answer
* the number of years spent in the company
* their age
* their sex
-The boss of a company:
* is hard to reach
* can be reached easily my answer
* needs to have authority
* doesn't try to appear powerful
Q9: In your society, information is generally transmitted ? * directly, through explicit messages, so as not to waste time. my answer * indirectly, through many unspoken messages.
Q10: How are foreigners accepted in India? Do you have experiences concerning expatriates and their acceptance by Indian employees? I don’t have experience but I was told that they integrate foreigner pretty fast Q11: How important is the topic of religion in daily worklife in India? Really important, in Austria it is not.
Q 12: Would you say that your country is rather turned towards Individualism or Collective/group spirit (on a scale from 1 to 5)
1 (Individualism) very individualistic
5 (Collective/group spirit)
Q13: Rank the following concepts from 1 (positive) to 5 (negative) depending on their positive or negative value in your society?
* clearness: 1
* saving one's face: 4
* frankness: 3
* working in group: 2
* personal pride: 3
* competition: 3
Q14: The tendency to change companies or jobs in india is:
* other: don’t know
Q15: As far as time organization, people in india:
tend to do
* do just one thing at a time my answer
* do several things at once
tend to be
* very punctual
* rather punctual
* rarely on time my answer
* never on time...
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