If your company was to do business in your chosen country, what kind of social hierarchies and social interactions should you be aware of?
The country I have chosen is Italy. If my company was to do business in this chosen country, there are more than a few different types of social hierarchies and social interactions that I should be aware of. For example, which managing and exploiting a vast and precious cultural heritage requires a well-thought-out cultural policy, and a continual balance to be struck between conservation and economic development, between making use of this asset and ensuring it is not “used up”, and between the conservation of ancient artistic works and nurturing contemporary art. Almost everyone is recognizable with the astonishing art that comes out of this beautiful country. As such, many of the citizens in Italy take their appreciation for art to a great degree. Yet, little government money actually goes to the cultural sector, a difference from what is noted in other European countries. Moreover, the revenue generated by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities does not end up in the Ministry’s own coffers but rather those of the Treasury, which then manages its allocation. This procedure, which was introduced in 2007, aroused a fair deal of criticism among the participants. A basic understanding of these points is critical for anyone who wishes to do business, trade, or any connections with those in Italy.
What kind of management style would you use to be most effective given the cultural attributes of the country?
Given the points I presented in the last part of this answer, I feel it would be most fortuitous to pursue a management style that appreciate and conserve the well-recognized cultural heritage there in Italy. I feel a successful business relationship with the Italians will take into consideration their tremendous appreciation for the arts. I would propose to all of my employees that they become recognizable with the Italian art, artists, and literature. Furthermore, I would encourage my staff to be protective of those amazing artworks.
How would you overcome the barriers to communication?
Obviously, the most important factors for my staff to be conscious of is the difference in language. In adding to gaining a better understanding of Italian art, I would also encourage my employees to take language classes in Italian. There are more than a a small number of companies that specialize in supporting new workers in a foreign land. Companies such as Rosetta stone have achieved achievement with their business and personal language courses. My employees could review these resources on their own time, and do with other employees at the office.
Do you agree with the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” when it comes to doing business with another country?
This is a very delicate question. It is attractive as well that this question has to do with the culture of Italy. To provide my response, I would reply that I feel it is suitable that when in Rome to do with the Romans do, but only to a point. Moreover, I would not want any of my employees to lose the excellent customer service and superior values that our company has become recognized for. It will be critical to interconnect with the Italians in this new business venture in a way that is appealing. However, we should keep our American ideals intact.