Dutch business culture

How things work in the Dutch business world.

Organisational structure

The organisational structure of businesses in the Netherlands is often very flat compared to businesses in your home country.

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Meetings and negotiations

Dutch companies revolve around meetings. You will find that there is always at least one meeting in your office every day, even if it only involves a few people.

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Concept of time

In the Netherlands, time is money. You are expected to be punctual as being late may 'damage' your image.

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Business behaviour

When conducting business in the Netherlands, respectful but relaxed behaviour is the norm.

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Communication styles

The stereotypes of Dutch business communication are often those of straight-talking directness, with to-the-point discussions.

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last modified Jan 09, 2013 03:16 PM