It is important to look smart in business situations in Poland with conservative business attire for men (suits or jackets and trousers) and classic business suits or dresses for women.

Brighter, more ostentatious clothes may seem out of place and can be seen as displaying a lack of modesty.

The winters can be cold (and the summers quite hot) so ensure suitable clothing to meet whatever the prevailing conditions. Be sure to remember a hat, gloves and scarf in the depths of winter.

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

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 Poland. 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 Poland 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