In order to ensure good, collaborative team-working within Brazil or from Brazilian colleagues working in international teams, it is important that everybody has the opportunity to get to know each other well and form those all-important relationship bonds.
This might mean that it takes longer to mould a Brazilian team than it would a similar team in the USA or the UK.
Team members will be very keen to fully understand their exact role and responsibilities within the team — as well as the roles and responsibilities of all the other team members. People do not like to be seen encroaching onto somebody else’s area of responsibility. It is also seen as difficult to know if you have done a good job if your role is ill-defined.
Each team member will expect to see a chain of command within the team (as befits a hierarchical culture) and if no such chain of command exists, the team leader can expect that every small problem will be brought to them directly — it is difficult to get inter-team communication on such matters.
Written and Produced by Keith Warburton
Brazil is a country with almost limitless potential. The problem is that Brazil has been a country with almost limitless potential for many decades but very, very little of that potential has actually been realised. The country seems to be constantly trapped in a cycle of political corruption leading to economic crisis followed by periods of growth which breed renewed optimism.
In addition, Brazil is a notoriously difficult country from a market entry perspective with massively protectionist policies being further complicated by very strongly pro-employee legislation and a labyrinthine system of inter-state taxes.
Having said all of that, Brazil is rich in mineral wealth (you name it and it can be found in Brazil) and has a rapidly growing population which is predominantly young and aspirational. There is also a growing recognition in the country that the historical inherent barriers to growth must be tackled and upsurge in populist demands for changes to happen.
The only way is up for Brazil and that makes it a very attractive mid to long-term investment opportunity. If you are thinking of doing business in Brazil now is probably the time to start the process. Many foreign companies have successfully navigated the complexities of Brazil and built solid businesses there in the past and the future looks bright.
If you speak to business people who have worked in Brazil they will all tell you the same thing – that the key doing successful business in Brazil is to develop a deep understanding of Brazilian commercial culture. You really to need to study the work-related culture and work out how you can best attack the market and develop those all-important early relationships.
This country profile provides an overview of some of the key aspects of Brazilian business culture in a concise, easy to follow-format. The document includes information on: