Dress code in Austria tends towards the more formal and people take a pride in their appearance.

Therefore, it is safest to wear smart, business-like clothes for first meetings in order to make a professional impression.

Men are best advised to wear a dark suit or smart sports jacket with trousers and a tie. Women should wear smart business suits or dresses.

As with many western countries, attitudes with regard to what is business-suitable in terms of dress is changing rapidly and, if in doubt, it is best to check with a local contact in advance. Remember that it gets cold in Austria so make sure to pack appropriate clothing for the season.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Austria

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Austria. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Austria and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips