Filipino Teams

As the concept of pakikisama is so strongly programmed into the Filipino psyche, team working is a natural state of affairs.

People will go out of their way to help other team-members and to be seen to be helping. Anybody who acts in a way to injure the group or anybody within the group is likely to be severely dealt with.

That is why it is extremely important to be aware of the sense of face of every member of a group because an insult to one could be construed as an insult to all.
Teams expect to be clearly led by the manager and the manager is expected to act as the champion of the group in all situations.

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

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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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 the Philippines. 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 the Philippines 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