Many commentators emphasise lack of initial trust amongst people who meet for the first time as being a key Czech characteristic.

This having been said, it is hardly surprising to say that teams take a little time before they can start working together effectively. Knowing that teams can take time to bond is a worthwhile piece of knowledge. This information can help set your expectations during the early stages of any project – and also points to the need for resources and time to be made available to help the team-bonding process.

Once a team is established and is functioning well together, it is probably best to try to keep them together for a protracted period – introducing new members only when necessary.

Traditionally, a team would have been viewed as a group of individuals reporting vertically to a strong leader and interaction between team members at the same peer level would have been more limited.
(NB It is probably true that this ‘suspicious’ nature is less prevalent amongst younger Czechs who were not as influenced by Soviet era policies.)

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

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 the Czech Republic. 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 the Czech Republic 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