Being a member of any sort of group or team in Greece brings with it certain obligations.

Firstly, comes the obligation to bring to the group a distinctive contribution which is recognisably your own. Secondly is the obligation to recognise the boss as the leader and guiding spirit of the group.

Thus, team-working in Greece can be categorised as a group of individuals working on specific tasks, reporting to a central controlling figure. Information would tend to flow more naturally up to the boss rather than laterally to other team members.

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