Teams in Turkey work along hierarchical lines with each team member having a direct relationship with the boss and expecting to receive direct instructions for him or her. Therefore, teams in Turkey could be defined as a group of individuals reporting in a vertical fashion to a leader rather than a group of individuals working collectively in a horizontal fashion.
This is not to say that relationships within the team are not important. On the contrary, as you would expect in such a strongly relationship-oriented country as Turkey it is absolutely vital that any team has a strong working bond and the leader will work extremely hard to ensure the development of such a bond. This team development work could involve such disparate measures as taking a detailed interest in the private lives of all team members and arranging regular social events where non-business conversations are likely to dominate.
All team members will feel a sense of loyalty and responsibility towards the team leader and are unlikely to either disagree with a superior or challenge them in in any form of group activity.
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 Turkey 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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