Comparison of Turkish and American Cultures from Business Perspective

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ABSTRACTPeople from different countries have different cultures. People from the same country also have different families and backgrounds. Therefore their behaviours, attitudes or values, are not the same. What are the reasons for this?Culture is a body of learned behaviours common to a society which has already developed within a community for a long time (from generation to generation). People have been influenced by their culture since they were born and that is why people (from different cultures) will have different opinion towards the same question or act. But in management, culture has a slightly different meaning. It can be explained as the set of policies, values, beliefs and attitudes learnt and shared by the organization's member. In this project, I am going to look at how different kinds of management cultures have an impact on Turkish versus American business transactions.


American Culture32.2. Turkish Culture72.2.1. Culture In Business72.2.1.1. Greetings72.2.1.2. Appointments82.2.1.3. Business Dress82.2.1.4. Conversation and Titles92.2.1.5. Gifts92.2.1.6. Negotiation102.2.1.7. Entertainment112.2.1.8. Public Behaviors112.2.1.9. Business Card Etiquette122.2.1.10. Entrance into Turkey122.2.1.11. Women in Turkey132.3. Tense differences in English and Turkish in terms of past tense133. CONCLUSION13REFERENCES141. INTRODUCTIONIn the past, when people talked about international business, it only meant that they exported their products to other countries, like: exporting Irish whiskey, produced in Ireland to France where it was then sold. Nowadays, because of the development of free trade, many countries reduce their trade barriers in order to attract foreign companies in to invest to and drive their domestic economy. So now, whenever people think about international business, it is no longer only trading from one place to another - they are thinking in terms of globalisation! This means that as well as having investments, offices and businesses in their own countries, they...