The British like decisions to be made in a team environment and a good manager will work hard to ensure buy-in from his or her team.

The team environment aspires to being friendly and companionable with individuals within the team being seen to be supportive and helpful of each other.

If, however, something goes wrong, it is not uncommon for the team to look for an individual within the team to blame. (Blame culture is something that seems to permeate working life and many organisations work hard to try to change this type of mentality.)

Team members often bring with them into the team a certain level of specialisation, but are expected to take a generalist view of the project and their role within the project team. Being seen as a good all-rounder is definitely positive.

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

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 Great Britain. 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 Great Britain 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