When attending normal business meetings standard western business attire of suits and ties for men and suits or skirts and blouse for women are appropriate.

Be aware of the heat and humidity in Indonesia – and ensure that clothes are lightweight and made of natural fabrics. If staying for a period of time, make sure to pack ample changes of clothes.

Evening functions can be more informal with short sleeves being worn by men and trousers by women. Only the most prestigious restaurants would expect a more formal approach.

Women should be aware of Muslim sensitivities and clothes should not be too revealing.

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

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 Indonesia. 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 Indonesia 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