Culture in South Africa vs. Usa Essay

615 Words Nov 17th, 2010 3 Pages
Assignment 10
Expatriates spending extended periods of time in foreign countries are often trained in dinner table etiquette, such as what to eat and drink, and what to talk about during a meal. They are also schooled in proper dress code and in proper protocol for interacting with hosts. The International Business Center Web Site ( offers information on business etiquette for a variety of countries. Look for information on protocol for an international assignment in South Africa. Write down a list of things you should keep in mind as you go abroad to South Africa that may be different from what you are used to.
Traditional South African business tended towards the accumulation of power and
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Female participation at senior management level is extremely low and although some progress towards greater gender equality within the workforce has been made, the progress is slow. Women can expect to be treated with less respect than male colleagues. If you are treated with less respect than you would normally expect, it is important to remain unflustered. Although in America we are a more gender
South Africa is a conservative society and it is best to err on the side of caution in terms of dress. Therefore, men are advised to wear a collar and tie and women to wear smart, business-like dresses or suits. If meeting business contacts on a social basis, it is possible to dress more casually but not too casually. So the dress code doesn’t differ from the typical business attire that the US culture requires in a professional job. So an expatriate will need to adjust to the new culture and be able to perform his/her job duties. Extra caution needs to be taken so that they do not insult the people of South Africa. It will be a challenge to keep up with the customs of a new country but it should be welcomed to move along in one’s career.
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