France

French Business Structures

French companies tend towards rigid hierarchy and functionality within which system the PDG (CEO) holds great sway.

The PDG determines – in a singular way – the future direction of the company. This vision is then disseminated down the line for implementation by more junior management. Senior management, therefore, tends towards the directive, rather than the collaborative, as might be found in such countries as the Netherlands or Sweden.

The power often vested in the hands of the PDG obviously adds impetus to a centralist approach, which is already discernible in many other aspects of French life. Below the PDG are found a strict hierarchy of managers, organised along rigidly functional lines of responsibility. ( With all reporting lines leading eventually to the PDG.)

To those from a less hierarchical background, this approach often seems to be eminently well-suited for operations which are performing well and producing results. The weaknesses of the system may only become apparent when problems arise and quick responses are called for. With little buy-in having been sought lower down the line, a sense of personal responsibility could be found lacking.

 

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 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 France only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.

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67

Million

Population

Euro

Currency

$ 1.465

Trillion

GDP

643,801

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