Monday, October 24, 2011

How business style of US differs from that of China?

How business style of US differs from that of China?

We all know in China, it does not matter what you know, it matters who you know. People cherish who they know by staying in touch. Every time you call, you could safely expect a response. If you arrange after work dinner, most likely your guests will agree to attend at certain time. People spend 90% time socializing and bonding.

Whereas in US, in most cases, phone calls are filtered through. You will have to leave a message and you have to be lucky to receive a call back. The reasons are people don’t pick up calls in many circumstances: not while driving, not in a meeting, not while talking to someone or not in the middle of anything. Therefore, in both life and business, email is expected to be the primary way of communication. You need to email to schedule a time to talk over the phone or in person. As the result, bonding is more or less figurative speech.

There is no use to judge what is right or wrong. It is what it is. Nobody can change it. To survive, one has to adapt to it. Of course, knowing what to expect is the first step. That’s why this article is written.