The Netherlands

Dutch Teams

Business relationships in the Netherlands are informal with first name terms being generally used.

Everybody in the team has seemingly similar status and to pretend to be somebody special will result in problems with other members of the team.

When success is achieved, it is important that the success is attributed to the team rather than assumed by any of the individuals within the team.

It is important to be seen by others in the team as professional and diligent – and an important element of this is to be thought of as someone who will honour commitments of whatever nature or size.


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 The Netherlands 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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