Women are making ever deeper inroads into what was once a predominantly male-dominated world of Swiss business life.

Although it is not too common to see women at the very top end of the management strata, the glass ceiling is being slowly dismantled.

It is not difficult for a female foreign executive to go to Switzerland and work in senior positions – provided they can demonstrate the requisite levels of competence, technical knowledge and diligence.

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

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 Switzerland. 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 Switzerland 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