Doing business in a foreign country can be fraught with pitfalls, from culturally inappropriate hugging to accidental obscene hand gestures. By researching and understanding the culture of a foreign country, you can better prepare yourself and your team to avoid mistakes and leverage cultural protocols to your advantage.
You will compare the culture of the United States against the culture of Canada to show how doing business can be very different from one country to another.
Create a cultural comparison guide between Canada and the United States. Identify common information about both countries, including their cultural backgrounds and business etiquette. You will identify the six dimensions in the Hofstede model of national culture for both countries. You will draw conclusions on how doing business in Canada will differ from doing business in the United States and tips for individuals doing business in Canada.
Specifically, you must address the following rubric criteria:
Basic Country Facts: Identify government types, languages, and religions for both countries.
Business Etiquette: Identify common business etiquette in both countries (e.g., common greetings, differences in communication toward men and women, negotiating styles, and acceptable business attire).
Tips for Doing Business: Identify three tips you would give to individuals doing business in Canada. Tips could be about behaviors to avoid (e.g., items as innocent as posture or body language or attitudes regarding punctuality or approaches to business).
Cultural Dimensions: Identify and examine the six dimensions in the Hofstede model of national culture for both countries.
Conclusions: Conclude how doing business in Canada will differ from doing business in the United States.