Basically group-oriented, Singaporeans make highly effective team players if the team environment engendered promotes the harmonious interaction of individuals rather than a competitive approach.

A good team leader will strive hard to develop an atmosphere of consensus-style decision making within the team in which individual members are shielded from the possibility of losing face. Decisions are team ones and therefore success or failure is also team oriented.

Due to the consensual nature of team decisions external agents can sometimes feel frustration at the lack of progress. It is difficult to speed along this process from the outside and any seeming interference could be resented, leading to even slower movement.

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

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 Singapore. 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 Singapore 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