Austria

Austrian Business Structures

After the creation of the current state of Austria and during its post-war reconstruction stage, most basic industries were state-owned. Although the level of state involvement in industry has been radically cut back through a series of privatisation measures, the legacy of bureaucracy and hierarchy remain.

Thus most large Austrian organisations would tend towards a high level of hierarchy, with companies managed along fairly tightly defined functional lines. The organisation chart usually reflects the reality of the structure of a business, rather than being merely designed to impress visitors. The head of a business function will wield a great deal of power and can seem to act in an almost autonomous manner, with little reference to other functional heads. (See management style)

Austrian business has always prided itself on the concept of Sozialpartnerschaft, or social partnership, which promotes dialogue and co-determination in industrial relations matters. Thus, all industries, trades and professions have specific bodies which work together to promote and conduct good labour relations. (Trade union membership is high but industrial unrest is not.) It is, therefore, extremely important to work to develop a strong sense of co-determination and co-operation when working with Austrian subsidiary companies.

 

About theAuthor

This country-specific business culture profile was written by Keith Warburton who is the founder of the cultural awareness training consultancy Global Business Culture.  Global Business culture is a leading training provider in the fields of cross-cultural communication and global virtual team working.  We provide training to global corporations in live classroom-based formats, through webinars and also through our cultural awareness digital learning hub, Global Business Compass.

This World Business Culture profile is designed as an introduction to business culture in Australia only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.


Author

This country-specific business culture profile was written by Keith Warburton who is the founder of the cultural awareness training consultancy Global Business Culture

Global Business culture is a leading training provider in the fields of cross-cultural communication and global virtual team working.  We provide training to global corporations in live classroom-based formats, through webinars and also through our cultural awareness digital learning hub, Global Business Compass.

This World Business Culture profile is designed as an introduction to business culture in Austria only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.

Country Breakdown

8.747

Million

Population

Euro

Currency

$ 386.4

Billion

GDP

83,879

km2

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