Polish women have made great strides in business circles during recent years and are to be found in just about all walks of commerce and industry.

At the same time, it would be fair to say that most senior positions in Polish industry are taken by men – as would also be the case in Germany or France.

Therefore, the conclusion is that although there is no overt gender bias in Poland, the country still has a long way to go to achieve the type of gender equality to be found in countries such as Sweden. As time passes, this situation should improve.

Visiting business women should encounter little or no gender bias and will be judged on their professional abilities.

Do not be surprised if males Polish business contacts show a degree of ‘chivalry’ towards female colleagues which may have been lost in certain other countries – opening doors for women, helping them to a seat etc.

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