Women in Business in Taiwan

Taiwan is a heavily male-dominated society and women (other than possibly family members) play little part in business life.

Women tend to occupy the lowest level positions in an organisation – even though they may be very highly qualified. As in many other countries, advances are being made but progress is slow and it may be many years before any sense of equality is reached.

Foreign businesswomen will, however, be treated with great respect and courtesy. They may find that, within a delegation, the Taiwanese defer to male colleagues regardless of the actual seniority within the western party – the Taiwanese assumption being that the male will naturally be the decision-maker.

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

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 Taiwan. 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 Taiwan 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