The classical Scandinavian characteristics of consensus, loyalty to the community and equality are well-disposed to make Danes good team players.

Thus Danes are good team players – as long as the team accords to their view of how teams should behave. As long as the team is seen as a collection of individuals of similar stature and worth, things will go well. If the team is seen as being constituted of one strong, dominating force who directs everyone else, then problems could arise and Danes might openly voice their displeasure at such an approach.

Therefore, although teams can be made to work extremely effectively in Denmark, it is important that everyone feels of value and is included in the process. It is important that information is widely disseminated and that a ‘need to know’ culture of information sharing is avoided. In fact, cross-departmental information sharing tends to work much more effectively in Denmark than in most other countries.

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

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 Denmark. 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 Denmark 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