Women play an active part in business in the US and have done so for many years. Although progress to the boardroom might still be more difficult than for a man, a large percentage of American executives are women and this percentage is rising year on year.

It is important to be seen to be politically correct on gender issues in the workplace. Treat a woman as equal to a man in all business dealings – any perceived stereotyping would be regarded very badly.

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

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 the USA. 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 the USA 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