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					                    General information
                    Guangzhou -CHINA


Official Language        Cantonese

Population               5,162,000

Government               Communistic

Currency                 Yuan

Religion                 Multi-religious:
                         Buddhism, Taoism, Islam,
                         Catholicism, Protestantism,
                         Confucianism
Time zone                GMT/UTC + 08:00 hour

Climate                  Sub- tropical
Hofstede: Culture is the “software of the mind”
                   Business Practice Differences


              GERMANY                 CHINA


 Efficiency, rules & procedures          Relationships: guan xi
            Contract                               Trust
      Punctuality expected                Relaxed about time
    Gift giving not expected          Gift giving can win contracts
 Hierarchy: respect for position      Hierarchy: respect for elders
Individuals working within a team              Teamwork
      Low level corruption            Still high levels of corruption
           Few rituals              Many rituals, e.g. Business cards
   Problems: tackled directly       Problems: often avoided to save
                                                ”face”
         Glass ceiling: societal   Glass ceiling: female modesty
            influence
Wide pay gap                       Narrow pay gap

Weak childcare support             Strong family childcare support

Women behave like men              Women behave like women

Constant need to prove herself     Easier once gains trust
Hofstede

Germany             China
 Small Power        Large Power
 Distance           Distance
 Individualist      Collectivist

 High Uncertainty   Low Uncertainty
  Avoidance          Avoidance

 Medium-term        Long-term
 Orientation        Orientation
                                                   China
                                 Universalism      Particularism
                                 Individualistic   Communitarian
 Trompenaars                        Specific          Diffuse
                                 Achievement         Ascription
                                  Sequential        Synchronic
                                  Internalistic     Exernalistic


   Germany                 China
 Need personal space       Work/live closely
      Low-context
    communication
                            High-context
                           communication
                                                       Edward Hall
In-groups and out-groups      No groups
     Monochronic             Polychronic
 Relationship Oriented      Task Oriented
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