Singaporean Teams

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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Overview

Singapore is often seen as a stepping stone into Asia. Singapore is a successful Asian city state which has seemingly managed to marry the best of western influences whilst maintaining a thoroughly Asian feel. Is it any wonder that so many global organisations choose Singapore as their pan-Asia base, seeing it as a perfect blend of geography, economic prosperity and political stability?

The city certainly punches above its weight in terms of economic success, educational achievement and the high standards of living which are almost universally enjoyed. Singapore’s economic miracle has been much documented over the years. The foundations laid during the formative years of Lee Kwan Yew’s tenure as Prime Minister have served well over the decades and managed to keep Singapore right at the top of the global success tables.

If you are looking to do business in Asia, it is difficult to ignore the appeal of Singapore – not just as a base to explore the rest of the region but also as an attractive market. Singapore is a consumer paradise with millions of affluent consumers eager to purchase the best that the world has to offer.

Doing business in Singapore could be very good for you but it is important to take on board local cultural norms and expectations about how business should be conducted. Don’t be fooled by the veneer of westernisation you are likely to encounter when you arrive – the thought processes driving business decisions are decidedly Asian. Don’t assume that the highly cosmopolitan business contacts you meet will automatically understand your approach because such assumptions might well jeopardise an otherwise lucrative relationship.

This country profile provides an overview of some of the key aspects of Singapore business culture in a concise, easy to follow-format. The document includes information on:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips