It is still reasonably unusual to meet women in very senior positions in locally-owned Austrian companies.

There are some sectoral exceptions to this, such as law, but any changes that are happening are doing so relatively slowly.

Female mangers visiting Austria can, however, expect to be treated with great kindness and professional respect — even if they are surprised by the old-fashioned courtesies they are shown by male colleagues.

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