Meetings can often appear to be noisy, boisterous affairs to those from cultures more accustomed to a reserved, calm approach where everybody politely awaits their turn to speak.

In Greece, meetings are designed to allow a lively airing of views where strong personal opinions, passionately expressed are appreciated. Everybody is allowed to speak but you have to expect that you may be strongly and emotionally disagreed with. Such open, emotional debate is seen as both stimulating and essential if the correct decisions are to be arrived at.

Formal meetings with set agendas are arranged only for the most important of issues and normal meetings are much more likely to be spontaneous and designed to keep everybody abreast of developments, plans, information etc. In these types of frequent, informal meetings agendas will rarely be produced and minutes are unlikely to be circulated after the meeting.

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

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 Greece. 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 Greece 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