Women in Business in Portugal

Although Portugal is a fairly traditional culture, foreign business women are treated fairly and with respect. It is important to maintain a professional approach and distance with males colleagues but there is a strong and increasing movement towards Portuguese women being involved in business.

It is still fairly unusual to find senior female managers at the very highest levels of Portuguese owned organizations.

This does not mean however that Portuguese men will forget old world traditions and may mean, for example, that they will not allow a woman to pay for a lunch or dinner.

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

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 Portugal. 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 Portugal 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