Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim country, yet many women hold positions of authority within organisations and it is unlikely that female visitors will encounter any hostility from male colleagues.

Female managers should behave in a very professional manner with male colleagues, as overt signs of friendship could be misconstrued.

Be aware that, although same-sex tactility is commonplace, touching between the sexes is frowned upon.

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