G.K. Chesterton, a british novelist, poet and critic once said: "They say travel broadens the mind; but you must have the mind." (Source (1))
Mr Chesterton made a good statement considering the business world's increasing globalization where an understanding of international protocol has become more a necessity than a choice. The way to understand and being sensitive towards different cultures is just as important as business know how when it comes to being successful in international business. Successful executives understand the importance of being sensitive to business as well as social customs of the countries they are negotiating and working with. They are able to adjust to the culture-specific etiquette and are willing to learn how to behave socially abroad. In other words, they acknowledge the wisdom behind the saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."
This paper is going to give a general survey of how visitors should behave when visiting Singapore for business or pleasure. It follows the outline of "The Ten Commandments For Avoiding Intercultural Communication Problems" by Prof. Dr. Olaf Rankis.
2.1 General Information
The Republic of Singapore, the "Lion Island" is an independent city state and its capital is the City of Singapore. The capital measures about one sixth of the total area of the main island. The country is located in Southeastern Asia and consists of the island of Singapore and around 60 smaller islands of which just over 20 are inhabited. Singapore is located off the Southern tip of the Malaysian peninsular to which it is linked by a causeway. It is surrounded by the strait of Malakka in the West, the Southern Chinese Sea in the East which is a part of the Indian sea. Its neighbors are Malaysia in the North, the Indonesian island of Sumatra in the West and South and the island Kalimantan belonging to Malysia in the East.
The Republic of Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the... [continues]
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